Shoppers scramble to find final ingredients for Thanksgiving feasts

Shoppers scramble to find final ingredients for Thanksgiving feasts
To prepare for the shopping rush on Wednesday, the Biloxi Walmart will open all the registers from noon until 6:00 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX)
To prepare for the shopping rush on Wednesday, the Biloxi Walmart will open all the registers from noon until 6:00 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX)
The store will be open on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo source: WLOX)
The store will be open on Thanksgiving Day. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The rush for groceries is on. This week, expect to see shoppers scrambling to get those final ingredients for their Thanksgiving feasts.

On Monday, employees unpacked boxes of frozen turkeys at the Biloxi Walmart. Up front, the bakery department manager placed all sorts of pies on the display table.

"All I can say is very busy, extremely busy, and I love it. That's our sales," said Bakery Department Manager Dianna Gaskin.

"Three children and their families are coming, so lots of folks coming and they are going to be hungry and want their favorite things," said Judy Grove of Biloxi.

"We got sweet potatoes, onions, celery, and we're nowhere near finished," said Lynn Baker of Gulfport.

Baker and her friend Kathy Hickox will prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for 22-people. It was their third shopping trip.

"Because I couldn't remember it all at one time. I'm old," said Baker.

"I do the cooking. She does the paying, and she's the one that will serve me a cocktail to keep me going," said Hickox with a smile.

While many shoppers were trying to cross the final items off their list, others were just getting started.

"Getting ready, most of my stuff for my Thanksgiving cooking. I always do the last-minute shopping," said Evette Tucker of Biloxi.

The store manager said his employees are bracing for the busiest grocery shopping day -- Thanksgiving eve.

"There's just a lot of planning that goes behind the scenes on it. We start several weeks out, making sure we get all the merchandise that we know they'll be looking for," said Store Manager Mike McDavid.

"Everything's coming together and you realize you're out of something, that's the customers we'll see late Wednesday evening," he added.

"I have two pallets of pies in my freezer right now that'll be gone," said Gaskin. "Even the day after Thanksgiving, they'll be looking for pies and rolls for their leftovers."

Whether they are pre-made dishes or their own secret recipes, many cooks will be serving up a lot of love around the Thanksgiving table.

"I'm buying sweet potatoes or yams for candied yams," said Sue Daniels of Woolmarket.

"Because I'm gluten intolerant," said her husband Tommy Daniels. "She's making it special for me. Doesn't it sound like she loves me?"

"Come on over and happy holidays to you," said Baker.

"Just don't get the scale out," said her friend.

To prepare for the shopping rush on Wednesday, the Biloxi Walmart will open all the registers from noon until 6:00 p.m. The store will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

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