Last-Minute Shoppers Flood Grocery Stores, Farmers' Markets Day Before Thanksgiving

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

Like plenty of others, Wednesday, Kathleen King of East Lansing spent the afternoon dodging shopping carts at the Okemos Meijer, finishing off that Thanksgiving shopping list.

"It seems like people are sort of scrambling down the aisles to get last-minute items," she said.

Store Director Chris Wilson says the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are always the busiest, reaching a peak the day before.

"We sell a ton of fresh turkeys, today, and then all of the fixings that go with dinner," he said. "Making sure it's on the shelf for the customer when they come in to buy it."

If Meijer doesn't have it, there's always the Meridian Township Farmers' Market, which typically sees about a thousand shoppers, looking to organic the day before Thanksgiving.

"We processed about 150 turkeys and we had about 130 that we were bringing here to sell," said Christine Miller, Owner of Spartan Country Meats.

As for those who have no place to get a meal, Blondie's Barn in Haslett is looking to fill that void with free Thanksgiving diners.

"We have a great community here and I know there's a lot of people in need," said Owner, Dawn Manuel.

Blondie's will be serving free meals from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday.

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