In Lansing, when the snow flies, so does the merchandise

On Wednesday morning, Brooke, 27, an employee of Dunham’s Sports on Michigan Avenue in Lansing, Michigan, made her daily commute to work from her home in Corunna, Michigan. His conduct was anything but typical.

“My 40-minute drive took me an hour and a half. Twice as long as usual,” Brooke said. “I must have been driving 35 to 40 mph the whole way.”

Brooke said she only saw two plows on the way to work, and the parking lot plow didn’t arrive until 10 a.m. . The rest of the parking lot was covered in about 3 inches of snow.

Brooke said in anticipation of the snowstorm, Dunham’s received more calls than usual asking if they had snow boots and winter coats in stock. She also said that a few people came this morning to buy snow brushes for their cars.

Kristina Garbiec, who works at Kroger at Frandor Mall just down the street from Dunham, said people rushed to grocery stores to stock up for the storm, buying necessities such as water bottled, chicken and toilet paper.

“I made the mistake of going to Meijer at five o’clock when everyone was leaving work. I was planning to make chicken for dinner, but they were completely sold out,” the mother-of-three said, raising her hands. “It was a mess.”

Kroger’s assistant customer service manager Jen Bailey said shoppers rushed into the grocery store at 10:30 a.m. to load their carts. She said when the second wave of shoppers arrived at 5 p.m., the store emptied.

Bailey said she was working grocery pickup on Tuesday, but had to cancel many orders.

“I felt bad, but there was nothing I could do. We just didn’t have the items they ordered. Not even replacements,” the 36-year-old said.

Both Bailey and Garbiec said residents of Lansing are preparing for the worst, but it seems snow removal services don’t share the same sentiment.

“Snow plows suck in Lansing,” Garbiec said.

“If they’re over there, I haven’t seen them,” Bailey said, pointing to Michigan Avenue.

Bailey said she hopes people are driving slowly and staying safe on the roads as the snowfall is expected to continue through Thursday morning.