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Supermarkets See Brisk Business the Day before Thanksgiving

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Customers flocked to local supermarkets on Wednesday doing some last-minute thanksgiving meal shopping.

The Big Y on St. James Avenue in Springfield opened at 7:00 Wednesday morning and since then it has been packed. People, one after another, coming in to do their last minute thanksgiving shopping.

A steady stream of grocery shoppers are making sure they have all the fixings for their Thanksgiving meal. “A lot of customers in the store, it’s a very frantic pace throughout the store, we’re probably increasing business , traffic flow about 10 to 20 percent today,” says store manager Mark Dintzner.

Among those finishing their Thanksgiving meal shopping was the Baez family of Springfield.

“We got some cake mix for the cakes. We have some stuffing for the turkey. We have some cheesecake makings for the cheesecake and potatoes for potato salad,” says Deborah Baez.

While the Baez family had already bought their turkey, many other shoppers like Felipe Fowler of Springfield waited until the day before Thanksgiving to purchase their bird. “I’m shopping for my turkey, also some seafood to go with a meal I’m preparing tomorrow, and just some spices and seasonings,” says Fowler.

We also met other people like Paul Straw buying turkeys, but their thoughts were with others. “This turkey is going to be donated to a family who can’t afford it today,” says Straw.

If you’re one of those last-minute shoppers, there’s some friendly advice to get you in and out as quickly as possible says Dintzner. “Shop from a list. If they stick to the list, they’ll be much more efficient, and quick throughout the store,” says Dintzner.




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