In an effort to control panic buying amidst the coronavirus outbreak, these major brick-and-mortar chains across the nation are placing strict purchase limits on products, including food, baby products, cleaning supplies, and more.


1. Walmart is closing their auto centers.

Walmart is closing their auto care centers and placing purchase limits on the following items:

  • Paper products
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby formula
  • Baby food


2. Target is limiting cleaning supplies, food, and over-the-counter medicine.

Expect purchase limits on hand sanitizer, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, dry goods, milk and eggs, bottled water, and more.

In a recent statement, Target claimed distribution centers are prioritizing in-demand products by fast-tracking their supply chain to meet demand.

Drive Up and Order Pickup are encouraged, and the store is regularly updating fulfillment and shipping times and delivery windows for Shipt shoppers.

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3. CVS limited purchases of hand sanitizer to five per person.

In a corporate press release on March 17, CVS said there might be “temporary shortages” of certain products at certain locations.

Some stores have apparently limited purchases of hand sanitizer to five per person.

However, there doesn’t seem to be any disruption in their supply chain to meet prescription refills for plan members anytime soon.


4. Walgreens is limiting purchases for in-demand products to two per customer.

Walgreens announced they would limit purchases of in-demand products to two per product per customer, and four per customer for other items.

2-limit purchase items include:

  • Disinfectant wipes and cleaners
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Hand soap
  • Thermometers
  • Gloves
  • Over-the-counter pain and pediatric medicines
  • Paper goods
  • Baby formula

4-limit purchase items include:

  • Vitamins
  • Rubbing alcohol,
  • Hydrogen peroxide,
  • Over-the-counter cough and cold treatment medicines

To limit coronavirus exposure, customers can pick up the following items through the pharmacy drive-thru:

  • Cleaning supplies and sanitizers
  • Cough/cold, pain/fever and immunity support
  • Grocery items
  • Infant formula/adult nutrition
  • Medical supplies/first aid
  • Paper goods


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5. Costco is limiting certain items to one or two per day.

In their latest coronavirus statement, Costco announced they are placing limits on “certain items.”



6. ALDI is placing “quantity limits” on select items.

Aldi announced in a corporate press release that they’re placing quantity limits on select items.


7. Rite Aid is placing purchase limits on in-store and online items.

Rite Aid announced in a letter from their CEO that they would place purchase limits on hand sanitizers and rubbing alcohol to a maximum of six per item.


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8. ShopRite is limiting certain items to two per category.

ShopRite announced that they will limit the purchase of the following items to two per customer:

  • Disinfectant cleaners and wipes
  • Paper products
  • Bar and liquid soaps
  • Cough/cold/flu over-the-counter medicines
  • Fresh meat
  • Eggs


9. Trader Joe’s is limiting food and sanitation product purchases to two per person.

At Trader Joe’s, you can only get two of ANY food or sanitation product.


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10. Kroger/Ralphs is placing limits on sanitation products and medicine.

Kroger/Ralphs is placing limits on sanitation products and cold- and flu-related products.



11. Harris Teeter is limiting high-demand products to three per person.

Harris Teeter is placing a 3-per-person limit on high-demand products, including:

  • Water
  • Toilet paper
  • Canned meat
  • Pasta
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Over-the-counter cold, flu and allergy medications


12. Publix announced “buying limits” on certain items.

Publix enacted purchase limits on the following items:

  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Canned goods

They also said that inventory levels vary on a store-by-store basis.


13. Wegmans is limiting purchases to two per category per person.

Wegmans announced a 2-item purchase limit on the following categories:

  • Baby products
  • Bakery products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dairy
  • Frozen foods
  • Grocery items
  • Health and wellness products
  • Meat
  • Paper products
  • Produce

Click here to see the full list of products.


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14. Whole Foods has suspended food sampling and self-service stations.

Whole Foods said it would suspend food sampling and self-service stations amid the outbreak.



15. Stop & Shop is limiting purchases of hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes to five per person.

Stop & Shop recently announced a purchase limit of five items per customer on products like hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes online and in store, but limitations will vary by location.


16. H-E-B is placing purchase limits on certain products and categories.

HEB announced 2-, 4- and 8-item purchase limits for certain categories.


17. Giant Eagle is out of hand sanitizer and placing limits on high-demand items.

In a recent report, Giant Eagle claimed they were out of hand sanitizer “altogether.” They are placing purchase limits on high-demand items, including canned food, boxed dinners, water, toilet paper, and bread.

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