Busiest grocery shopping day of the year leads to big takeout night

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Thousands of shoppers hit the grocery store Wednesday to get those last minute items for Thanksgiving, making for a busy day in the checkout line.

On the busiest grocery shopping day of the year, the aisles can get a little crowded.

"Everybody's kind of in a hurry going up and down the aisles trying to find something like I am," Dianne Dorner said. "I was looking for buttermilk."

Dorner stopped into Kroger for a few last minute items and to pick up the most important part of tomorrow's meal: the turkey.

"My husband always deep fry's the turkeys, so I had to come and get them early this morning so I can get them defrosted. He'll be deep frying six turkeys tomorrow," she said,

One will be for their family, but the others will be gifts for family and friends. It's a holiday tradition that requires a big grocery cart, something Robin Dobbins understands the need for as well.

"It's a big family deal for us," she said. "We have about 18 coming in tomorrow so we got a lot to prepare for."

But, with all of the shopping and cooking going on Wednesday to prepare for Thursday's feast, a lot of folks will take part in another holiday tradition Wednesday night: takeout.

Austin Sanders works for Marco's pizza, and he says, "We just had a customer say she's ordering pizza because they're cooking, and they really didn't want to dip into their food for tomorrow."

Over at Marco's, they're preparing for one of the busiest nights of the year. Sanders says, "We do extra dough in the morning. We fold extra boxes and make sure we have the proper staff. We have about three extra drivers here today ."

Steven Hughes has been in the pizza business for 20 years now. He says he's expecting a big rush Wednesday night. "People are not wanting to cook because they're going to have to cook the next day," he says.

They're thinking Wednesday may be even busier than a normal Thanksgiving-Eve. Hughes says, "I expect the deliveries to be up too because people aren't going to want to come pick it up in this cold weather."

Marco's says they usually start getting swamped with call in orders around 5 p.m., and they estimate they'll make around $3,000 dollars in sales from Wednesday alone.

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