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Tips for Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping

Reporter: Melinda Zosh

Lynchburg, VA - Grocery store workers say now is the time to go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving to beat the rush.

Workers at the Super Dollar Discount Foods store on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg are looking ahead to Thanksgiving grocery shopping.

"I'm predicting that our Wednesday will be like most retailers' Black Friday," said Shawn Morris, a cashier.

Tip number one comes from the shoppers themselves: Beat the Wednesday rush.

"Just to make it easier and get all that good food cooked... you get the best selections," said shopper Scottie Dean.

Even though the aisles are relatively empty now and the shelves are stocked, managers say that won't be the case come Wednesday morning. The best time to come shopping will be early in the morning or late at night.

It's like one last rush, that last day, for anything they've forgotten," said Matt Anair, store manager at Super Dollar Foods.

Tip number two: Have a navigation plan. Some stores have special 'holiday foods' tables near the checkout counters.

Number three is to make a check list of all the basics.

"They're buying the sweet potatoes, the 99 cent Butterball turkeys we have, they're buying their stuffing mix," said Anair.

The last tip:If you have no choice but to shop on Thanksgiving eve, make the most of it.

"If you're in line, talk to the people around you," said Morriss.

People shouldn't stress about it. It's Thanksgiving. It's food.

Some grocery store workers say the lines will be long on Wednesday because shoppers' carts may be full of food for 20 or 30 people.

Most stores will be open during normal hours on Wednesday, but some will be closed Thursday.

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