Shoppers Hustle for Thanksgiving Dinner

By: Shannon Smith
By: Shannon Smith

STATELINE (WIFR) -- If you stayed home to start cooking, you know it was a madhouse at area grocery stores Wednesday night. Some shoppers were able to handle the rush.

Julie Browne doesn't break a sweat while shopping for her Thanksgiving dinner. "Why not? I work best under the pressure," said Browne.

Lucky for her, she only has to cook one dish and that's the stuffing. "I don't want to have to enact plan B tomorrow and find out there's no store open," said Browne.

Browne isn't alone, several shoppers hustled through stores like Woodman's and Sullivan’s Foods in order to fill their plates for turkey day.

Jamie McGrail is the manager at Sullivan’s Foods. He says his staff is always prepared this time of year.

"Historically the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the grocery business," said McGrail. McGrail says they do their homework to keep their shelves fully stocked.

"Everybody eats the same thing tomorrow so we know what they're going to buy," said McGrail.

No matter how busy it gets, McGrail says he understands people need to get home to start cooking.

"We try to keep those lines short and the cash registers moving quickly.”

Sullivan’s is open Thanksgiving Day until 6pm. Woodman's is open till 2pm. McGrail says he plans to see just as many people around Christmas Eve.

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