GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - You've probably seen the long lines, bare shelves and busy shoppers getting ready for this extreme winter weather. At Rouse's Grocery, the scene was just as busy.
Many customers were there because they simply would rather be safe than sorry. People were pouring in and out by the buggy-full in search of supplies. Store Director Robert Strahan said the increase of customers was good for business.
"We saw a little bit of increase around lunchtime, and then after school got out, another increase. Now that word is getting out it's even getting busier now in the afternoon," Strahan said.
According to Strahan, the store took extra steps of preparation by calling in more staff than normal and bringing shipments in early.
The school closings are what drove several people out to shop, like Dametre Sanford and her husband, Carey. Sanford said that she was mainly looking for enough to drink and eat because she planned to be stuck inside for a couple of days.
For Adrienne Dubra, another shopper, a couple days was not enough to get out the pot and pan.
"Of course snacks. Ice cream, drinks, just stuff that we can pop in the microwave or the oven, because I'm not cooking," Dubra said.
Temperatures will continue to drop through Tuesday night.
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