WAYNE, NJ – Corona-madness has spread much faster than the coronavirus, affecting just about every aspect of life.  Universities are closing their doors; many school districts are following suit including Wayne schools. There is no more NBA or March Madness, no NHL or spring training baseball.  Local events are canceling left and right and to make everything worse…


Shoprite, Stop n Shop, Corrado’s and Foodtown are all out of toilet paper (TP), paper towels and most cleaning supplies, especially bleach. The rest of their shelves seem well-stocked.

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Just a few short days ago, the State of New Jersey recommended that everyone should be prepared for a two-week self-quarantine and have enough food and TP on hand.

This message combined with Corona-madness was all that was needed for there to be a run on the invaluable paper rolls.

Mike Mattia, the manager at Corrado’s in Wayne said: “We sold out of toilet paper last night, and we are expecting another shipment soon, but there is no store in town that can keep up with the demand.”

Mattia admitted that the distributors are also struggling with the high demand, so he couldn’t say 100% that he would receive TP in his next shipment. “I’m as sure as I can be with what the distributor tells me,” he said.

The TP that comes in will likely be scooped up fast, and the shortage will continue for the short-term, making TP one of the hottest commodities in Wayne right now.

Will supply and demand drive up TP prices?

New Jersey’s state of emergency enacts very strong anti-price gouging provisions of the state’s consumer-protection laws. However, according to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, there have been hundreds of price-gouging complaints filed within the last few weeks.

Corrado’s of Wayne, at least, will not go that route. “One thing about here, our prices will stay the same regardless,” said Mattia with strong conviction.

Strategies are formulating to deal with TP theft. Dennis Johnson, the owner of the Outback Steakhouse on Berdan Avenue said that this topic had been discussed in a recent owner's conference call.  "It was suggested that we lock-up our spare rolls," he said.

Conservation of your limited supplies is key to making them last.  The last thing you want to do is have to go to a neighbor and ask: "Hey Buddy, Can you spare a square?"


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