Last Minute Shoppers Pick Up Thanksgiving Dinner Essentials
by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest of the year at area grocery stores, as customers stock up on all the essentials for their holiday feasts.
Big crowds started early at the Kroger in Green Hills, and continued through much of the day. Customers had to fight traffic, limited parking, and long lines to check off their shopping lists. For some, waiting until the last minute is a tradition.
"Is there any other way?" said Kroger customer Josh Grider. "Planning ahead is tough this time of year."
"My strategy is normally not being in this craziness," said Kroger customer Melissa Muraira. "It just happened this year."
Store managers made sure shelves were stocked with turkeys, green beans, pies, and all the Thanksgiving essentials. Employees knew they would be a busy day.
"I was prepared," said Kroger cashier Beverly Harris. "I got plenty of rest and I'm ready to rock and roll."
Employees said they expect larger than average crowds from now until Christmas, and know the chaos is all part of the holiday season.
The Kroger in Green Hills is open until 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Harris Teeter on 21St Ave. is open from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Whole Foods is open from 8-3 p.m. Thanksgiving day. Publix and Trader Joe's stores are closed.