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Whole Foods in Charlottesville Works Around Power Loss

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Thousands left in the dark after Wednesday's winter storm are back in service, but that was not the case Thursday for a popular Charlottesville grocer.

Whole Foods on Hydraulic Road relied entirely on generator power Thursday. After last summer's derecho knocked out power and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses for stores in the mid-Atlantic, the company isn't taking any chances.

"We haven't used a generator before," said Geoffrey Garbaccio, assistant store manager. "After the storm in June, or this summer, the company decided to buy two generators and they are on call at all times."

But the generator didn't arrive in Charlottesville until early Thursday morning. Employees had to pack all perishable items into a refrigerated truck overnight, and unload them before the store opened.

Store managers say they dread coping with power problems, but admit they're getting pretty good at it.

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