Kernan’s recently restored service station at Tullygay on the edge of Letterkenny has everything the modern consumer needs at the last minute.
Its clean lines and stunning signage just shouts ‘freshness’ at you when you walk through its doors.
From a spotless deli to that late night bottle of Merlot when friends call unexpectedly, it’s the perfect convenience store/garage.
But like many stores across the county, it was running low on those vital supplies of bread and milk.
This morning Polish shop assistant Monika allowed herself a wry smile and remarked “It’s like Poland in the 1980s.”
While it was not exactly like Eastern Europe of old, there was certainly something amiss in Kernans.
Anthony Kernan and his staff run a tight ship and the thought of a half-empty shelf is not something they take lightly.
They’re hoping to replenish those shelves later today before the country comes to a standstill around 4pm when Storm Emma swoops in from the sky.
Like their counterparts from Ballybofey to Buncrana, it all depends on suppliers getting to the shops in time.
But let’s be serious for a second, most of us can survive without milk for our cereal or bread for a ham sandwich.
It would perhaps do us all a little better if we gave a little more thought to our elderly neighbours and each one of us making sure they’re okay for heat, light and some kind of food in the coming days.
Get their phone numbers now if you haven’t got them already and make sure to drop them a line.