SUPERMARKET customers have been left furious after discovering numerous empty shelves at Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Many shoppers have been expressing their dismay on social media, saying many popular products were no longer being stocked.
It is believed the shortages have been sparked by the heatwave currently gripping the UK, as temperatures continue to soar.
Today is the hottest day of the year so far, according to the Met Office, with the mercury reaching a staggering 86F (35C).
Tesco staff blamed overheating motors after chillers and freezers broke down at its Waltham Abbey store in Essex this afternoon.
Tesco’s fridges were also reported to have broken down elsewhere, including its London branches in Covent Garden and Monument.
Twitter user @BeingCallum said the Covent Garden store had an “entire aisle of fridges knocked out on the hottest day of the year”.
Customers across the country have threatened to take their business elsewhere in protest at the shortages.
Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have also come under fire with customers complaining of shortages at certain stores amid the heatwave.
Twitter user @skeggiejohn, from Skegness, Lincolnshire, said: “Why are there so many empty shelves in Skegness Morrisons?
“I can understand occasional shortages, but this has become a regular occurrence now. Maybe Tesco, Aldi or Lidl or will be getting more of my trade.”
Elsewhere, Mike Pickles in Hull questioned whether the supermarket chain is closing down due to the shortages.
He wrote: “Starting to think the local Morrisons is closing, there’s never anything on the shelves.”
He said he and his family were unable to buy basic items such as bread and milk, while the supermarket was also running out of vegetables.
Morrisons responded to the tweet by apologising for the “shortage in certain products” and saying it was “working hard” to fix the situation.
The supermarket added: “I do understand the frustration, however please be assured we are aware and are working on this.”
A Morrisons spokesman later told the Mirror: “We are not seeing any general issues with availability of products.
“Of course, across 493 stores there will be some local issues and we will look into these.”
Meanwhile, Katie Howey complained about empty fruit and vegetable aisles at Sainsbury’s store in Dalston, east London.
Writing on Twitter, she said: “Why has your Dalston store been completely out of fresh produce for about a week? All of the shelves are empty!”
Sainsbury’s responded by apologising for the shortages due to “an issue with deliveries in the past few days”.
A representative from the supermarket giant added: “Please be assured the store do have stock on the shelves now.”
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman denied the supermarket chain was experiencing issues despite numerous complaints from customers.
She said: “There are no current issues with supply. We have thousands of stores selling thousands of different products.
“Our colleagues work hard to ensure a shelf isn’t left empty for long.”
Tesco has also denied reports of shortages and said it will continue investigations into customer complaints.
Asda has also come under criticism, with Twitter user @PemPistols complaining about shortages in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
He wrote: “Shopping at Wigan Asda today. For the past few weeks it has looked like a food shortage with a lot of shelves empty.
“Keep having to go elsewhere to get the shopping. Photos are just a small selection of empty shelves. Is there something we should know?”
Asda has yet to respond to requests for comment.