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Stocking Up

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

February 10, 2006

Just a mention of snow causes an avalanche of people to fall into the grocery stores.

“When you hear that four letter word this place goes crazy,” said Giant Store Manager Roger Gatewood.

“Make sure we got all the necessities so the kids don't go nuts if they are locked in the house,” said Shopper Kenya Wright.

From the grocery store to the video store the crowds started early.

“It kicked off around 10:30 a.m. this morning and it’s been pretty steady since,” said Blockbuster manager Joseph Meslar.

I bought a movie to snuggle up tonight and maybe watch the snow come down. I don't know,” said Shopper John Ruggiero.

At the hardware store the sign out front says it all: “Winter is still here.”

“It’s better to be prepared. Sit it in the corner of your garage and you'll be thanking yourself,” said Martin’s Hardware Employee Travis Johnson.

The stores are prepared, fully stocked with all the necessities you'd need to weather the storm, including extra cases of everything from ice melt to milk on hand. So if the weather predictions hold true, people will wake up tomorrow to a winter wonderland and a full refrigerator.

“I’ll be stuck in the house with all my groceries.”

The store managers we spoke with today said sales more than double on days like today.


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