(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)
As a blizzard barrelled toward Boston, residents were out Friday morning preparing for the storm.
Long lines formed at grocery stores throughout Dorchester and South Boston, as residents stocked up on the essentials like milk, bread, and batteries.“I’m stocking up on everything,” Regina Fields, a 34-year-old Dorchester resident. said outside the Neponset Stop & Shop early Friday morning.
The store opened at 7 a.m. and by 7:30 a.m. shelves of bread were cleared out. Lines were long at the checkout stands, but were moving as employees and even the store’s manager helped bag groceries.
“I’m going to try to stay inside for the storm,” said Fields. “I don’t like the snow.”
Over in South Boston Kelly Swinney, a 38-year-old South Boston resident, left the Stop & Shop on East Broadway with supplies.
“I just grabbed the basics,” said Swinney as she made her way across the store’s packed parking lot.
Like other grocery stores across the city, the South Boston Stop & Shop was struggling to keep products on its shelves. Crews were restocking the essentials Friday, but most of the supplies didn’t stay on the shelves for long.
Residents were also stocking up on shovels, rock salt, and flashlights in anticipation of power outages and the massive amount of snow predicated.
“It hasn’t been too chaotic,” said Paul O’Brien, the co-owner of Hamilton Hardware on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. “I like the snow, but I’m not crazy about.”
O’Brien owns the store with his brother Mark, and purchased it in 1979, right after the famed blizzard of 1978.
“A couple inches of snow isn’t bad for business,” said O’Brien, as he helped customers. “A couple feet is a lot, but we’ll be open tomorrow.”
In Mattapan Jerry Rosen, the co-owner of Norfolk Hardware on Morton Street, said the store had plenty of salt and shovels for customers.
“We’ve been selling a lot of salt, shovels, flashlights; the usual,” said Rosen, “It was real busy yesterday and I expect to get a rush later today.”
Like Hamilton Hardware, Rosen said his store would be open for customers tomorrow.
“We have a good amount of most things and we’re planning on being open,” said Rosen.
Models have predicted that the storm could bring up to if not more than 18-inches of snow across Boston and the rest of the state, with high winds and blizzard conditions.
For live updates on the storm be sure to check out Boston.com and its live blog, which can be found here.