With many going into grocery stores and stocking up on supplies because of the coronavirus, it leads to shortages for others needing those same supplies. The Beer Hunter in La Quinta is using their distributor to get extra supplies and take orders from those who might need it in the community. Johanna Alarcon, general manager at The Beer Hunter said, "I saw this older gentleman who was almost in tears because he couldn’t get things that were necessary for him." That's when she started ordering extra supplies to get it to the people who were having a harder time finding the things they needed. Alarcon said it was easier for her to get the supplies from the distributor than it was for people to get it from the stores.
On the first day, Thursday, March 19th, they already had nearly 200 customers. By Friday and Saturday, that order number jumped to 385.
One customer reached out with a concern, as their prices seemed to increase within a couple of days. When I asked about this increase in pricing, Alarcon said that they had to change distributors so prices went up. Alarcon said, “They couldn't provide us with certain things so we had to change distributors and get it a little more expensive for us and that's why the prices started going up a little bit because we had to change distributors. So we literally were losing money for the first prices because it wasn’t the same price for us.”
They deliver the groceries curbside. When the customer arrives, they text Alarcon or call The Beer Hunter number and they walk out the groceries to you. Alarcon said sometimes the customer will just pop the trunk and leave their credit card or cash there in order to practice social distancing.
Retired golfer, Judi Clear, appreciates this curbside pick up that is offered. She said, "Curbside pick up which our grocery stores claim to do but aren’t really doing right now. And it's a nice selection, they’re on time, it's very isolated here, so I feel very comfortable coming.” Even with supplies being restocked in stores, some still getting their groceries in alternative ways to continue to avoid larger crowds of people.
The Beer Hunter is still taking orders for select groceries and their kitchen is still open for take-out orders as well. To order you can text Johanna Alarcon at (760) 464-2675 or call the restaurant number at (760) 564-7442.
To find a list of the current supplies they are offering, visit their Facebook page.
They also said all first responders will be allowed free take-out orders.
Meteorologist Taban Sharifi will have the full story tonight at 6 p.m.