Walmart closed dozens of stores in Louisiana and surrounding areas in the wake of deadly Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in the U.S. on Aug. 29. In Lousiana alone, power outages continue to impact tens of thousands of homes and businesses. In a neighboring state, Walmart customers still can't place a mobile pickup or delivery order more than two weeks later.
One day before the hurricane hit, mobile orders were suspended at impacted stores in Mississippi's six southern counties. Ever since Aug. 28, pickup areas have "been a ghost town at several stores in the area," according to WLOX, a local TV news station in Biloxi.
Eat This, Not That! subsequently reached out to Walmart for more information about the suspensions in service. Of 10 locations in the southern part of the state, only three stores are currently allowing customers to access mobile delivery, the company said. Mobile pickup and delivery services at the impacted stores are scheduled to resume on Sept. 18.
Here's the full list of impacted stores:
Biloxi, Miss. – 2681 CT Switzer SR Drive – Pickup and Delivery affected
D'Iberville, Miss. – 3615 Sangani Blvd – Pickup and Delivery affected
Gulfport, Miss. – 9350 Highway 49 – Pickup and Delivery affected
Lucedale, Miss. – 11228 Old 63 S – Pickup ONLY affected
Ocean Springs, Miss. – 3911 Bienville Blvd – Pickup and Delivery affected
Pascagoula, Miss. – 4253 Denny Avenue – Pickup and Delivery affected
Pass Christian, Miss. – 1617 E Beach – Pickup and Delivery affected
Picayune, Miss. – 235 Frontage Road – Pickup ONLY affected
Waveland, Miss. – 460 Highway 90 – Pickup and Delivery affected
Wiggins, Miss. – 1053 E Frontage Drive – Pickup ONLY affected
Inside the impacted Walmart stores, several shelves are empty due to shortages of certain supplies, WLOX reports. The inability to order groceries online for pickup or delivery has further left some shoppers in a bind as they continue to clean up after the storm and grapple with ways to stay safe amid an ongoing pandemic.
"It's convenient not bringing my kid into the store, especially with COVID and all the germs and everything," Walmart shopper Samantha Brown told WLOX. "So, it's a little more inconvenient to go in and a little more time-consuming."
Walmart previously set up an interactive map to help Americans find open stores where they could access supplies.
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