RIGA - Shortages of certain goods at Maxima and Rimi stores are temporary, representatives of the chain stores told LETA.
Maxima Latvija spokeswoman Liene Dupate-Ugule told LETA that, due to the rising demand, there may be shortages of certain products at Maxima stores, but supplies never stop.
According to Dupate-Ugule, people are buying increasingly more products with longer shelf life, such as pasta, buckwheat, porridge, canned food, sugar, salt, and others. The demand for goods made in Ukraine has also increased at Maxima stores, which, according to Dupate-Ugule, could be explained by people's desire to support Ukraine.
At the same time, employees at Maxima stores are actively working on stocking up on products that residents are likely to buy up and, where possible, priority is given to products made in Latvia.
On the other hand, Rimi Latvia representatives told LETA that no significant demand for any specific goods was observed at Rimi stores.
"There is no reason to worry about any shortages," said Rimi Latvia representatives, adding that, for instance, none of salt suppliers had informed the retailer about any problems with supplies. "We have plenty of stocks," the company said.
As reported, Maxima Latvija posted EUR 878.069 million in turnover in 2020, which is 4.9 percent more than a year earlier, while the company's profit increased by 13.8 percent and amounted to EUR 31.305 million.
Rimi Latvia, on the other hand, had a turnover of EUR 946.508 million in 2020, which is 3.2 percent more than a year earlier, as the company's profit decreased by 8.3 percent to EUR 30.409 million.