Shoppers out in full force ahead of winter weather, Thanksgiving

Knoxville shoppers out in full force ahead of winter weather, Thanksgiving

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With a winter storm on the horizon, many people are doing double duty at the grocery store, stocking up for the bad weather and Thanksgiving on Thursday. With a winter storm on the horizon, many people are doing double duty at the grocery store, stocking up for the bad weather and Thanksgiving on Thursday.
Along with food, winter weather supplies are selling fast. Along with food, winter weather supplies are selling fast.
Store employees from around Knoxville say this is normally one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year, but Tuesday was even more packed than usual. Store employees from around Knoxville say this is normally one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year, but Tuesday was even more packed than usual.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With a winter storm on the horizon, many people are doing double duty at the grocery store, stocking up for the bad weather and Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Store employees from around Knoxville say this is normally one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year, but Tuesday was even more packed than usual.

"It sounds like people are trying to get where they're going early to try to beat the snow," shopper Gregory Brown said.

"We're doing shopping for Thanksgiving and also a little Christmas shopping too," shopper Katherine Smithwick said.

Traditional items like hams and turkeys are going fast.

"We got lots of good cheese, lots of good pies and cakes. We're just ready for a good time," Smithwick said.

Costco employee Allen Cannon says the Farragut store has been slammed all day.

"We normally sell out of a lot of products during the holiday season," Cannon said.

Along with food, winter weather supplies are selling fast.

"A lot of people purchase a lot of generators when the weather gets bad," Cannon said.

The store manager of the new Ace Hardware in the Broadway Shopping Center says with a rush of holiday shoppers, he's hoping for a spike in sales.

"There's a lot of traffic out here so hopefully they'll see the Ace sign, come in and get what they need," Ed Barry said.

Those people then hit the road.

"This is it. I'm finished up. I'm looking forward to getting done and start doing some cooking," Brown said.

Many stores have extended hours until Thursday. Some grocery stores, including Kroger, will be open on Thanksgiving.

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