Baesler’s Market has no plans on closing amid the coronavirus outbreak


TERRE HAUTE, Ind., (WTWO/WAWV)– Baesler’s Market has seen a 250% sales increase in the past few weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has caused the store’s sales to skyrocket more than what they normally would during the holiday season.

Bob Baesler, owner of the local grocery store, said customers shouldn’t expect the shelves to go completely empty.

“We got a truck in last night and trying to get the shelves filled back up can definitely be a challenge because this is unprecedented to have these kinds of sales during this time of year,” he said.

Baesler’s, similar to other large retailers like Kroger and Walmart, have no intentions of shutting down completely during this national emergency; however, Baesler said there is no need for customers to make panic purchases.

“When they do go into stores and see empty shelves, it does cause them to panic. So when they see something on the shelf, they may buy more than what they really need,” he said. “If people would just buy what they need, I will assure you that things will get back to normal.”

Ashlee Stewart and Vivian Spencer are regular customers at the local grocery store.

Spencer said she is uncertain about the motives of local businesses, but she understands why someone would be shopping with a mindset of panic.

“I would like to think that we aren’t being taken advantage of. But we have to react in order to continue on feeding or families and keeping safe,” she said.

Stewart noted she’s expecting shortages on items like toliet paper, but she’s appreciative of the effort that retailers are putting forth to keep up with the demand.

“I think that everyone is being super proactive, which is fantastic. But it still scares me a little bit,” Stewart said.

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