That’s because when the national chains ran out of meat, non-regular customers started shopping at Zink’s, he said.
In West Chester, Dave’s Quality Meats, in business for nearly 26 years, set sales records in March, said Abby Rowe, deli manager. She said sales exceeded those typically seen during the Christmas season.
“It’s been chaotic,” she said. “Insane. We couldn’t believe it. We were swamped here. Maybe this is our new normal. But we’re starting to get things figured out.”
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She said customers are encouraged to call in orders 24 hours in advance, then use the curb-side service available at 4883 Smith Road off Ohio 747.
Dave’s uses five meat distributors, and while some of the national chains ran out of meat, there was always “a good amount of stock in the cases” at Dave’s, she said.
Zink said when he heard about the possible severity of the coronavirus in the second week of March, he immediately increased his order with his wholesalers. While the store was fully stocked with meat, Zink said he forgot to increase the paper product order so they ran out of grocery bags.
After Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered social distancing, Zink’s started allowing six customers inside at a time and they were encouraged to remain six feet apart. Those restrictions led to long lines outside the store, he said. At one point, the line stretched down the street nearly to the fire station.
“This has been really strange for all of us,” said Zink, who added his No. 1 priority is the safety of his employees, family and customers. “This is just a different way of doing business.”
Now, he said, sales has slowed, but remain “above normal.”
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