The majority of Midlands businesses were shut down Monday as snow blanketed the area. Some opened, including grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, and many of them hoped to remain open today as customers stocked up on essentials, such as water, bread, milk, beer and firewood, store managers said.
Many customers were more concerned about the upcoming ice storm and possible power outages than the snow, they said. Piggly Wiggly stores planned to shut down at 4 p.m. Monday. Walgreens planned to stay open as long as there was power, and Bi-Lo stores anticipated staying open unless weather worsened.
Lisa Martin, store manager at the Devine Street Bi-Lo near Fort Jackson Boulevard said 90 percent of the employees could not make it to work Monday, and some called to say they ended up in ditches trying to drive in.
Deliveries of staples to grocery stores also continued Monday morning. Dan Brettelle, manager of the Piggly Wiggly on Devine Street, said the store had bread and frozen foods deliveries but were awaiting a milk delivery as the shelves in the dairy department were mostly empty.