STOCKING UP: The line started outside at the 14th Street store on Friday. (Katie Herchenroeder)

MANHATTAN—The lines to get into the Trader Joe’s near Union Square often go down the block these days.

Stocking up amid coronavirus fears has made the popular store even more packed, with employees staggering shoppers at the door.

See and hear New Yorkers explain why they are hitting the aisles to fill their economy-sized pantries, in this installment of The New York Coronavirus Chronicles.

Audio: Theresa Gaffney

Photos: Katie Herchenroeder