Super Value owner Rupert Roberts said he believes at least 75 percent of residents on New Providence were unable to get groceries on Monday in preparation for the new seven day lockdown.
The lockdown, which took immediate effect when it was announced by the prime minister on Monday, prohibits essential businesses like grocery stores, private pharmacies, gas stations and water depots from opening on the island.
“You can’t get groceries in one day, especially if you’re cramming to get in with four days,” Roberts told The Nassau Guardian.
“I don’t think that the consumers tried to get their groceries yesterday. We had lines everywhere but the roof.”
He added, “I think that three quarters of consumers have empty cupboards. It should concern the government.”
Roberts said Super Value, which is the largest grocery store chain in The Bahamas, will be forced to open on Tuesday morning with empty stores.
“We will go out and see if we can maybe stock up Monday to open Tuesday,” he said.
“But, it’s not only the warehouses that have the dilemma. We have the front of the stores stocked always. We keep one week supply in the back room so [we] usually move that out.
“But we didn’t have chance yesterday to move that out before the lockdown came out.”
The lockdown is expected to end on August 25.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said health officials will assess its impact and determine whether an extension is necessary.