With memories of Tropical Storm Tomas still fresh in their minds, Barbadians generally took no chances with the announcement that Chantal was due to pass to the north of the island around mid-night.
A check with supermarkets indicated that they were doing a brisk trade in such items as bottled water, batteries, torch lights and canned food items.
Operations Manager at Shopsmart on Holders’s Hill, Mark Niles, told Barbados TODAY people were playing it safe following their experience Tomas.
“We opened the outlet at 8:30 this morning to accommodate customers who wanted to stock up on certain items in the event Chantal struck the island,” Niles said.
He added that customers were buying bottled water, batteries, lanterns and non-perishable food items.
Niles explained that with Transport Board buses scheduled to stop running around 9 p.m., employees who live in outlying districts would be allowed to leave work around 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., while employees who live in the environs of the outlet would be allowed to work until 8 p.m. after which the company would ensure that they were provided with transportation to their homes.
Director of Operations at the Super Centre Supermarket chain, Richard Cox, explained that there has been an increase in “traffic” in all the outlets with customers buying such items as batteries, dry goods, bottled water and canned foodstuff.
An official at the Trimart store at Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, said they were very busy.
However, when contacted around 2 p.m. today, an official at the St. Martins branch of Trimart said there was a mad rush for certain non-perishable items.