To address the issue, the family-owned Bailey’s General Store is offering full time work at above-market hourly pay with strong benefits. “We are also fortunate that customers seem to be more patient and understanding than in the past with issues like staff and product shortages. Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s no secret that these past few years have been a challenge for grocery supply chains and staffing, which does help raise customer awareness and understanding for stock problems and staffing issues,” she remarked.
For retailers in resort towns, September and October are usually a time of transition, following the Labor Day departure of many visitors in the northern part of the United States and before the steady stream of vacationers in the southern region.
“Around Labor Day, we notice that our customers are ready for fall flavors like pumpkin spice, autumn maple and everything needed for a tailgate,” said McClellan. “We are also expecting a substantial holiday baking season this year as shoppers continue to prepare meals at home and get creative in the kitchen. There are more gatherings expected this year compared to 2020 and 2021, and we’re anticipating that shoppers will be looking for ways to impress their extended family members with both scratch cooking and ready-prepared meals.”