Shoppers rush to local stores for last-minute Thanksgiving items

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People made their last-minute grocery store dash on Wednesday, a day before Thanksgiving when most supermarkets will be closed.

Massachusetts supermarkets can’t open on Thanksgiving Day, and Geissler’s in Agawam said Wednesday night was one of their busiest nights in a while. 

People were picking up turkeys, pies, and all of the ingredients they needed Thanksgiving fixings.

“Busiest time, there was a half day at school, so there was a rush around noon,” said Susan Cody, manager at Geissler’s. “And then, of course, we’re always busy around 5 o’clock. I haven’t seen it this busy in a while but it’s good, very good business.”

There’s always a big rush to the grocery stores, just before Thanksgiving and Big Y made sure every department in all of their stores were fully stocked. 

Big Y is closed on Thanksgiving, to give their employees time with family. 

The last three days before the holiday, the local grocery store chain always sees a rush of last-minute shoppers. 

To accommodate their customers, Big Y opened 15 minutes early Wednesday. Expanding their hours from 7:45 a.m. in the morning to 10 p.m. at night. 

“Oh, you gotta beat the rush,” said Jen Barrelli of West Springfield. “It’s crazy out there. And everybody gets out of work and they’re going to be, ‘bring us the turkey. I forgot the cranberry sauce.’ We got our cranberry sauce. We got our potatoes and everything is all set.”

Turkeys were a popular item Wednesday. 22News saw lots of shoppers picking out their birds. 

Big Y is a family-owned company, based in Springfield.

They close on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, so employees can enjoy the holiday with family.

There is a backup plan just in case you forgot or need something. Supermarkets will be open on Thursday, in Connecticut.  

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