POSTED: Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 11:23pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 12:19am
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — When it comes to Thanksgiving tradition, it does not matter who you are, most of the festivities start at the grocery store.
"We see a 30 to 40 percent increase in shopping patterns," said Brookshire's Store Director, David Pike.
The week leading up to thanksgiving is always one of the biggest and busiest weeks of the year, for places like Brookshire's.
"Everybody that's available to work will be working," Pike said.
During this time they will provide a Thanksgiving feast for literally thousands of families.
"We'll sell 2,000 to 3,000 turkeys," Pike said.
But, why so busy, last minute? Some people actually chose to do their Thanksgiving shopping the day before. For some it is just out of laziness, but for others they want to be able to buy a fresh turkey they can cook the very next day. And some people have even bigger plans.
"My plan is to cook a lot at home," said customer, Terry Cooper. "So when I get back from all my travels, we'll have a lot of leftovers."
My kind of thinking, Mr. Cooper. And some specials to look out for?
"If you buy a ham, you get a turkey free." Pike said. "And if you buy a turkey you get numerous items for free."
With such sweet deals, and so little time, the store was packed. And while some stay away from the influx of people, for others it is a chance to run into old friends, or even make new ones.
"This lady ran over me twice today," said customer, Kimberly Lee. "Now I think we're friends."
Whether you enjoy the holiday hustle and bustle or not, everyone I spoke with was just grateful to be able to put a meal on the table.