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Crowds Rush Geissler’s Supermarket As Christmas Draws Closer


AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) –Still new to the states, when Ginny Denson moved from all the way across the pond from London, she brought some bad habits with her.  “This is actually my 2nd Christmas here, actually a little more organized than last year. Procrastinating at the moment. Still buying last minute gifts and I’m not even thinking about Christmas dinner, really. I’m hoping someone else is going to prepare it,” she chuckled.

It’s because of people like Ginny, Geissler’s Supermarket in Agawam is crowded mere days before Christmas.Tom Scavatto manages the store and has noticed a procrastination trend over the last 17 years. “Our Sundays are very busy anyway, especially today. This is it. From what I’ve seen, most of the stores are closed so you’re probably going to have to go to a convenience store if you need something,” he stated.

Surprisingly, Christmas is not their busiest time of year. “Snowstorms. When you get snowstorms it’s worse because everybody comes in all at once,” Scavatto said.

Tom adds this is only the beginning. They’re going to see a rush up until tomorrow evening. Some folks have all kinds of reasons and excuses as to why they procrastinated until the last minute to get this shopping done. “I usually wait until the last minute. That’s just the way I am. I don’t like the crowds. So I try to cut it to a minimum,” Scott Adams smiled. “I’ve been trying to stock up, but I’ve been sick for the last few days,” David Smith admitted. It’s no different for staff members either. “I’m last minute. I’ll be picking stuff up, tonight, and then tomorrow,” Scavatto chimed.

However, one of the smallest shoppers did come with an agenda, to look for cookie ingredients. “Chocolate chip, Gingerbread. They’re my favorite,” Liam Wright said.

Geissler’s is extending their hours, staying open until 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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