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Snow always puts a strain on inventory at District grocery stores. But shoppers who ventured out to the Logan Circle Whole Foods on Feb. 16 found more missing than usual: Several of the store’s freezer cases stood empty. Had the store been ransacked by frozen-organic-pizza hoarders? In fact, the culprit was mechanical: In separate incidents in the morning, afternoon, and evening, three of the store’s frozen-food lockers went out cold. While the rest of the city was freezing, the merchandise was warming up. “It doesn’t seem to be tied to the weather,” Whole Foods spokesperson Sarah Kenney says. Rather than taking advantage of the ample supply of natural refrigerant, employees shuttled foodstuffs to auxiliary freezers at the back of the store. By Monday, Kenney says, all systems were up and running again. “Because of the snow,” she adds, “the repair person was delayed in getting there.” Josh Levin