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PHOTOS: Customers Flood Stop & Shop Stores

Malden residents couldn't believe the lines at Malden supermarkets yesterday, with some waiting in line for over an hour despite fully staffed stores.

A Stop & Shop spokeswoman said Malden's stores were too busy for press photographs Thursday, but that didn't stop several Malden Patch readers from taking care of business themselves.

Customers flocked to social media yesterday to marvel at the long lines, empty shelves and bizarre purchases of their fellow residents, all while committing acts of guerilla photography for Malden Patch (thanks, by the way!).

Reader Marco Corrado said his friend couldn't find parking in the Charles Street store's expansive lot. Trying the Applebee's next door didn't help either. 
"They almost had to park in the bowling alley," he said. 

"I went around 12:30 and it was horrible," Amie Perault reported. "My fault for waiting until today to get it done...Good luck to anyone going." 

"Thank God I grabbed the one cart I did see outside (because) there wasn't a cart to be found," Toni Casarano said. 

Erin Bellofatto said she was at the store from 4 to 6 p.m. - half of which was spent waiting in line. 

Others had better luck. 

"My wife went at 7 a.m. this morning and had no issues," Michael Taylor said. 

Stores should open at 6 a.m. Friday and remain open throughout the day, according to a company spokeswoman. 

Stay tuned to our Storm Central page for more updates about the storm, including any potential closures of local stores. 

David Marsters February 08, 2013 at 12:41 PM
No lines here at Wal-Mart Auburn Maine. We always keep our shelves stocked for these storms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eddie February 08, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I was at Stop and Shop last night after work, and it was ANACHY!!! Lines for registers were 20 - 30 deep and down the aisles, people were stocking up on everything, Milk, bread, eggs water and Alcohol!!!
Bernice Kelley February 08, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I happened to be in danvers and just needed to get eggs ( did my shopping during the week) thank goodness.. the demoulas there (endicott plaza) oh my gosh!!! looks like it was everywhere i worked at the old mals and have seen lines before but you would think there was going to be a disaster.. lines were along the entire outer walls of the store by the bakery frozen and meat when someone asked me if i was in line near the meats i s aid forget this even the fast lane was going down the dairy isle and down the back wall of the store...I did not even think to takje a picture i should have.
Kelly Ilebode February 08, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I saw employees doing inventory this week - Doesn't empty shelves make inventory easier? lol
Camila February 08, 2013 at 05:47 PM
I went to Stop and Shop in Medford this morning. It was a breeze. Granted there wasn't much meat and vegetables, but they had evwrything else. I was happy I didn't go yesterday.
david mokal February 08, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Yup my brother and sisters have these huge freezers filled. And when you travell the Maine turnpike no matter how much snow the roads are allways clean in Maine. There's allways plenty of roadkill to eat as well.
david mokal February 08, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I was at Coscos early when they opened at 10 am and was great shelves stayed full. I wonder if there are any emergency shelters here in Malden like the senior center just in case. The govoner said some places could get up to three foot on the news. If your near a dumpster take a hammer and knock the rod out and the plastic covers make awesome tabogans for the kids and adults.

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