Locally-owned grocery store thriving while shortages hurt chains

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The pandemic has made many businesses suffer, grocery stores being the most impacted because of shortages.

However, local grocery Shur Valu is doing well, according to its owner.

Many big name corporations like Publix, Walmart, and more faced shortages of items like meat and dairy. At Shur Valu, they’re doing better than some of those stores who still have some holes to fill.

“I’ve been to a lot of the bigger chains, and I’m noticing a lot of holes in the store in comparison to ours so that’s pretty reassuring to us as a independent grocery store that we’re holding our own,” owner Kyle Moulton said.

Moulton said they were fortunate enough to not suffer much from the shortages, and while there are occasional shortages of things like meat, he’s noticed there’s been a lack of common things like black pepper and hot pockets.

This is mainly from a lack of enough workers at manufacturing companies.

“I think a lot of it has to do with the manufacturers, and their ability to have workers in there to get this product made to us, and I think that’s where the hold up is,” Moulton said.

That hold up hasn’t stopped him from seeing an increase in customers lately even new ones. Shoppers Diane Pew and Rene McKinney agree and sought out Shur Valu because of it.

“I was looking for quality meat that’s a quality price,” Pew said.

“Actually my half sister she told me you’ve got to come to Shur Valu in Dothan because their meat is good fresh meat, and the quality and the price is good.” McKinney said.

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