Warehouse Fire Leads to Produce Shortage at Hannaford Supermarkets

A warehouse fire that destroyed a tractor trailer has been causing a shortage of produce for a Maine-based supermarket chain.

The Press Herald reports that a fire at a Hannaford supermarket distribution center in South Portland destroyed one of the market's refrigerated tractor-trailers on Wednesday. Company spokesman Eric Bloom says there have been delays with fresh items and low inventories in stores.

Bloom adds that the company is working to reroute items from other locations like New York.

On Tuesday at the Hannaford in Waltham, Massachusetts, there were some produce items that were running low.

“It looked like there were a couple of empty stalls,” said shopper Joe Orlando.

The Chelmsford, Massachusetts, location looked a bit better but the salad bar was not that stocked. Some shoppers didn't seem to mind.

“I found everything I was looking for,” said one man.

Orlando says because of Hannaford’s overall positive reputation, he doesn’t mind waiting and coming back for what he needs.

“It’s a very good store - they are very nice people,” said Orlando.

Authorities say all of the 80 employees who were in the warehouse when the blaze started made it out safely.

Fire officials say the fire started in the truck's refrigerator pump.

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