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Busy holiday rush before Thanksgiving meal

Hundreds pack into stores to prep for feast
Busy holiday rush before Thanksgiving
Posted at 11:14 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 08:48:41-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — One of the biggest days for grocery shopping all year long is the day before Thanksgiving, according to those with Safeway. Millions of people nationwide pack into grocery and liquor stores, getting anything they may need to make their Thanksgiving feast perfect.

News 5 went to a local Safeway to learn more about the hundreds of people out and about before celebrating with their families and friends. One woman, Maria Keenan, said they drove all the way from Grand Junction to Colorado Springs in the snow on Tuesday. Keenan said it was worth it, because "we're here with family, and that's what counts."

Those with Safeway said it was a bit different this year, because of the snowfall on Tuesday. "We do try and bring in as many staff as we can, we know today [Wednesday] is busy, we know Monday was going to be really busy, so we had as many people as possible," said Heather Halpape, a spokesperson for Safeway.

A liquor store next door to the Safeway, called Hope Spirits, said they also plan ahead for the busy week, but the snow on Tuesday did affect some of their deliveries. "In retail, it's hard to explain to people, you know, we're out of a certain product, they don't want to hear that's because of a truck or something, but you know being that we get our deliveries out of Denver, yeah, absolutely," said Corey Simons, the assistant manager of Hope Spirits.

Safeway will be open on Thanksgiving from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hope Spirits will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.