Walmart shelves in British Columbia are empty due to ‘supply chain challenges’, company says


Walmart Canada apologizes to customers in British Columbia as many shoppers have found store shelves empty or out of groceries in recent days.

Customers across the province have taken to social media and online forums to express their disappointment at the lack of items like dairy, meat and fresh fruits and vegetables.

The shortage dates back to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when everything from panic buying to global supply chain disruptions were blamed for empty store shelves.

In a statement to CTV News on Friday, the company said the issue primarily affected its larger stores.

“A number of our British Columbia Walmart supercenters are experiencing recent internal supply chain challenges affecting the fresh and frozen food categories,” said Walmart Canada’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Jon Rumley.

“This is not what our customers expect and deserve,” he added. “We are prioritizing this issue and product availability continues to improve daily. We apologize to our customers for this short-term inconvenience and thank them for their understanding.”

The company did not provide a timeline indicating when the issue will be fully resolved.

Many B.C. businesses are struggling to fill vacancies as the province’s unemployment rate hovers around near-historic lows of 4.7%, according to the latest labor force survey.

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