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Grocery delis working hard to cook Thanksgiving dinners

Employees working at Jerry Lee's in Pascagoula are working overtime to fill holiday orders. (Photo source: WLOX) Employees working at Jerry Lee's in Pascagoula are working overtime to fill holiday orders. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Every year, more South Mississippi families are making the choice to let someone else do the Thanksgiving cooking. Over at the deli department at Jerry Lee's in Pascagoula, employees are working overtime to fill all their holiday orders.

For the Tomes family, a good Thanksgiving means as little time as possible in the kitchen. So they turned to Jerry Lee's.

"I'm lazy. I don't want to cook at home. So I just come here and get my stuff done," said David Tomes.

Thanksgiving week in the bakery deli department is a hectic one. On top of their daily cooking, employees are busy chopping, seasoning and baking for all the orders they need to get filled. 

Their to-do list includes more than 200 turkeys, 300 gallons of dressing and just about anything else people want to see on their holiday dinner table.  

"We do specialty cakes. We do pies. Sweet potato. Pumpkin. Meringues. They do sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, squash casserole. Just about any casserole that you could ask for, we do," assistant deli and bakery manager Becky King said.

King has worked at Jerry Lee's for 25 years. She said it's stressful during the holidays, but with a good team and a good strategy it all comes together fine.

"You just have to remember a lot. It takes a lot of us working together for it to work. Over the years more and more people every year are ordering. Nobody wants to cook anymore. They want us to do their cooking because we have the good food," King said.

The employees said they're thankful to be able to help families share a delicious Thanksgiving meal. 

Jerry Lee's officials said their stores do more business on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. At least double in sales of an average day.

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