On the last and busiest weekend before Christmas, Cochrane Walmart suffered a severe blow.
According to an unnamed employee, the main refrigeration compressor quit working on Saturday night and by the time employees arrived Sunday morning it was too late to save a vast amount of perishable food items.
Due to stringent health regulations, if perishable food items fall below a certain temperature, by law they cannot be sold or donated. Even though, as the employee said, a lot of the items appeared to be okay they still had to be thrown out. If the failure had not happened overnight and had been caught earlier there would not have been such a large amount of waste.
As of Sunday evening, the coolers and freezers were still not operating.
Yet another blow to on an already tenuous supply chain.