Last minute items for Thanksgiving dinner keeping local stores busy

Wednesday, November 21st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Many of us will soon be preparing to cook that Thanksgiving dinner. And that means the mad dash to the store for those last minute items. News on Six reporter Heather Brooker caught up with shoppers at Albertson's who're doing just that.

Business has been steady all day long. And for many people, it's not their first time to shop. Lisa Price has one goal in mind for her Thanksgiving shopping. To get in, get what she needs, and get out. But this isn't her first time to shop for Turkey day, it's her third. "I did some of my shopping a couple days ago and these are the last minute things I forgot." So she's willing to battle the long lines, cramped aisles, and long walks, to get all the fixins for Thanksgiving. "I'm even gonna make the green been casserole that my grandma used to make and you can't have thanksgiving without that."

Albertson's store director, Jerry Hilborne says most people are repeat offenders when it comes to buying for Thanksgiving dinner. And the items most people forget? "Pie shells, cool whip, sometimes they come back for stuffing if they don’t' have enough." So now that her basket is full and she's checking out, Price hopes this is the last trip she'll have to make to the store, so she can concentrate on her other goals. "My primary goal is to make sure everyone's well fed, happy and we can spend time together.”

Now most stores like Albertsons, Homeland and Reasors will be open on Thanksgiving day for those really last minute items, but you'd better get there early as they will probably close mid-afternoon.