NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Nationwide supply chain issues have a trickle-down effect on local grocery stores throughout Middle Tennessee.

Over the past few months, many shoppers said shopping has been difficult as they have seen more empty shelves.

"The other day, I walked from my house up to our local grocery store to get some hamburger meat to make a meatloaf," Stan Schklar said. "And you know I need several pounds, and they had one little tray of hamburger meat left."

There are several contributing factors to why there's less food on the shelves, including surging COVID numbers, the shrinking workforce, transportation, and logistical issues. But inside Turnip Truck, a locally owned store, things are pretty different.

Adam Williams, chief financial officer for Turnip Truck, said they're being shielded from the grocery store shortage because their products are from local growers and farmers.

"Our products being local and natural really kind of set us in a different channel," Williams said. "And it's shielded us from some of those same issues because of the kind of holistic nature and some of the regenerative processes that some of our manufacturers and some of the local farmers rather producers employ."

But they have run into some logistical issues getting products.

"Some of the biggest issues that we've had is from larger suppliers and their staffing," Williams said. "They'll have trucks coming in, and they just can't physically get the trucks unloaded and then reloaded to send back to us."

News4 gathered several images of empty shelves from grocery stores from across the Nashville area over the past two weeks. Recently, weather conditions have impacted deliveries and stocking. Local shoppers said they're feeling the impacts.

"I haven't found cat food very much, and I'm noticing that paper products are starting to go down again, and oat milk," Janet Heilbronn said.

 

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