Grocery stores report holiday rush as Thanksgiving nears

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 1:07 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - As Thanksgiving nears, you may want to be aware of the shopping climate in the Ozarks.

Price Cutter store manager Troy Carson says the staff has tried their best to gear up and beat any shortages. Carson says his store is running short of some canned food and packaged goods. Carson says many shopped early compared to years past.

Many also reserved turkeys or whole meals in advance.

”People have been coming out, it seems a lot earlier this year, to get ahead of the holiday rush to make sure that their needs are met and that they can get the holiday dinners they want for their families,” said Carson. “We have people calling ahead and reserve calling and reserving fresh birds. We are experiencing some of those shortages through manufacturers now, but we have been gearing up and trying to do the best we can to stay ahead and keep these supplies in for customers.”

Experts say you should expect to pay a little more for this year’s Thanksgiving feast compared to past years. KY3 spoke with one local shopper who has had no trouble getting the supplies he needed but experienced the rise in pricing.

“So far no problems, pretty well supplied,” said shopper Bob Roth. “So far we just bought a few things but we are good so far. The turkey we just bought looks like it’s higher than last year but we have heard of what to expect so we were not surprised.”

Roth says he is excited to be back together with his family again who live out of town.

”All our family is coming in together and coming from St. Louis so everybody getting together with be great and to have a nice meal,” said Roth. “I love stuffing, the turkey dressing, and just a little bit of everything.”

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