Good morning. Today is Tuesday. We’ll take a look at a store that sells merchandise that other retailers haven’t unloaded and often offers deep discounts. We’ll also review the guidance pediatricians are providing to parents concerned that poliovirus is found in New York City sewage.
José Garcia smiles as he walks out of a warehouse-style store in Maspeth, Queens — a store he says he visits three times a week.
“It’s cheap, you know,” he says, and with a 14-month-old in the family, price awareness is important.
Shop, TNT explosives discount warehouse liquidated, buy items that other retailers don’t manage to sell and unload them, often at a substantial discount. Liquidation stores like TNT and the wholesale stores they buy have picked up merchandise as e-commerce sellers and retailers shrink congested warehouses and stores need shelf space for new goods.
“Things are going pretty well in the liquidation business,” said John Azzarelli, owner and manager of TNT. “Everybody is broken. People are looking for deals. Gas prices are high, groceries are high, everything is high. In our assortment of stores, they are looking for a way to recover the money they lost by filling up the gas tank. “
Inflation also pulls customers to grocery stores, which sells what big-name supermarkets call “unsold goods” – items that are past their sell-by date or arrive in damaged packaging. They occupy a niche between food banks and discount chains like Dollar General, which has more than 18,000 stores.
TNT sells food as well as household essentials such as detergents. On the evening Garcia was shopping, Tide Ultra Oxi detergent pods sold for $22 for a case of 104. On Amazon, prices from 10 sellers range from $44.49 to $59.45.
“I’m not sure what the bargain is,” says Mimma Addeo, leaving TNT with bottles of spaghetti sauce she bought for $5 each.
“But you have to know your price,” she said. “Some things here are cheaper than BJ’s,” said BJ Wholesale Club, a discount chain with three stores in Queens.
The fight against polio
The highly contagious virus was one of the most feared diseases until the 1950s, when the first vaccine was developed.
She said the paper plate sold for $20 was $13 at TNT. She also said she was pleased with a Ninja air fryer she bought for $133 at TNT, $66 less than what she said Bed Bath & Beyond was selling it for. (On Sunday, Bed Bath & Beyond’s website list it for $239.99.)
Retailers miscalculated supply and demand early in the pandemicleading to the highest May inventories in 30 years, according to Census Bureau data. David Amoyelle’s The number of endings is much lessa chain of 13 discount stores in the New York area.
“Suddenly, everything they ordered started to work out” as supply chain delays started to ease, “so there was a lot of product,” he added.
At TNT, small appliances like pizza ovens, toasters and air fryers are “in motion,” says Azzarelli. “Last year, they flew,” he said. “People don’t eat in restaurants.” Now, with restaurants reopening, demand is the same as it was before the pandemic.
Items like patio furniture show how 2022 is different from 2021 for Azzarelli. “It’s always been a tough buy in this area – not too many yards in Maspeth and Elmhurst,” he said. “Last year, forget it, we didn’t have time to stock up. No one is traveling. Everyone is looking to fix their yard. But this year, after July 4th, patio furniture has completely degraded. Lots of people are gone. They haven’t traveled in two years, but now it’s who’s going to Europe, who’s going to Florida, and who’s going to the Poconos. “
But supply chain problems persist for staples like toilet paper and tissues. “We get them in drops and drips, so he imposed a limit of four rolls of tissues and six rolls of toilet tissue,” he said.
It was another warm sunny day near the low 80s. The evenings were partly cloudy, with temperatures dropping to around the high 60s.
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Polio: Children given up-to-date vaccines will be fine, pediatrician says
Until the mid-1950s, outbreaks of polio spooked people, especially in the summer, when they were most common. Swimming pool closed. Parents keep children indoors, away from crowded places such as movie theaters, where children can catch the virus.
Then, in 1955, a vaccine was developed and the disease was largely eradicated.
But last week, the New York City health department announced that they had polio virus detected in wastewater samplessuggests that polio may have re-circulated in the city.
Worried parents start calling their pediatrician. The guide was assured. “My advice is to stick to the vaccination schedule and everything will be fine,” Dr David Silver, pediatrician and associate medical director of Northwell Health, told my colleague Sharon Otterman.
The schedule that Dr. Silver mentions usually includes four doses of the vaccine. The initial vaccination at 2 months of age, followed by a second dose at 4 months, provides at least 90 percent protection against polio. The third dose is usually given after 6 months, although it can be given as late as 18 months and brings protection close to 99%.
The fourth and final dose, to ensure lifelong protection, is usually given when the child turns 4 years old.
Polio was found in sewage in London in February, prompting children aged 1 to 9 to be advised to get an extra booster dose. Public health officials say concerns in New York have subsided, at least for now. Only six positive samples have been found in municipal wastewater, and only one confirmed case in the New York area – in an unvaccinated 20-year-old man who lives in Rockland County, north of the city. . Twenty positive wastewater samples were found there and in neighboring Orange County.
Although there has only been one confirmed case of polio so far, health officials believe they may only see the tip of the iceberg.
METROPOLITAN . Diary
It was the early 1990s, and my husband had just published his first novel. His editor insists we stay with him and his partner in their spacious Upper West Side apartment. It is located between Zabar’s and Central Park and has a clear view of the Empire State.
As first-time visitors, we try to pitch wherever we can, including walking their giant, white-haired dog, Ripley.
Ripley, it turns out, is known to the whole neighborhood. Everyone wants to pet her, and she loves attention of any kind.
On an outing, we crossed the street with a well-dressed woman speeding toward the subway in stiletto heels.