Shopping during the coronavirus crisis: Check this website for in-stock groceries near you

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  • Grocery shopping during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is one of so many mundane things we used to take for granted that's dramatically changed.
  • Retailers like Target and Walmart have scaled back their hours, implemented social distancing guidelines, and the products you want, needless to say, aren't always in stock.
  • Two college students have built a website,, that checks retailers near you to let you know what items are, like the name says, in stock.
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Shopping for groceries and other household essentials during the coronavirus crisis has become something of a complex logistical challenge to navigate. Never mind the safety aspect -- of making sure you keep a good distance from other shoppers, practicing good hygiene, and sanitizing your hands. Groceries and other stores like Target generally have shortened hours now because of the pandemic. Moreover, you can't count on a guarantee of the items you want being in-stock at your preferred store nearby, the way we all took for granted in the days before this crisis.

Checking websites for in-stock items before you set out to the store is probably a good idea, so that you're not rolling the dice on whether an item is actually there or not (although it's still a bit of a gamble, because I've found plenty of instances where a site says something like an item is there but in "limited availability," which ends up really meaning it may or may not be there). Instead of checking multiple sites for different items, though, two students at the University of Texas have built a one-stop-shop website ( that lets you type in specific items and see where all it's in stock near you.

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