BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The day before Thanksgiving shopping carts went head-to-head at local grocery stores.
“Everybody’s running around like chickens with their head cut off,” said J.J. Kelleher, a last minute shopper. “They need traffic signals at the end of each isle.”
Kelleher said he expected the rush, as home cooks around him grabbed the essentials. Some shoppers told News 4 they were picking up desserts and appetizers.
“Last minute items, like bread for stuffing, ginger ale, cheese cloth, orange juice, limes,” said Joe Lovullo, telling us his shopping list.
We talked to a representative with Wegmans on Amherst St. in Buffalo about the long lines at the register.
“There’s a lot of shoppers out picking up those last minute items and even really those big staple items,” said Michele Mehaffy, with Wegmans consumer affairs office.
We saw customers reaching for turkeys and plenty of carts with hams.
Meanwhile, in the bakery, employees labeled stacks of apple pies and took orders as they tried to keep up with the crowd.
“It’s pretty typical to see a high volume of customers into our stores today, not just here in Buffalo but in all of our stores,” said Mehaffy.
She told News 4 this spike in sales is rivaled only by Christmas Eve and Superbowl Sunday. The shoppers were picking up enough to feed four, eight, even more than a dozen people.
“Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green bean salad,” described J.J. Kelleher, talking about his Thanksgiving dinner.
Shoppers told us that meal makes battling the crowd worth it.
“Thursday is for food, and relaxing and football,” said Beth Cote, a shopper from Buffalo.