Winter Storm Preps

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

With the possibility of a huge winter storm hitting the Valley over the weekend, many people were preparing Friday.

Picking up that extra gallon of milk or loaf of bread was on the lists of many shoppers in the Valley, and workers say when a storm hits, that's the best business they get.

"The sky is blue, it's serene, and we had to cancel two Christmas parties today and I'm thinking they better be right," says Eve Harrison, a shopper at Martin's.

With a possible winter storm approaching the Valley, shoppers flocked early to grocery, liquor and movie rental stores to stock up.

"Come in the middle of the afternoon, see if somebody's returned a video that I've been trying to get for like two weeks and they're always out," says Curt Laster.

Grocery stores were hard hit with shoppers buying bread, milk and lunch meat and who were also looking for other essential items. Harrison was also searching for beer, while others might have been looking for baking goods.

"I figure if I'm going to be snowed in, I might as well enjoy the time and bake and get all that task done because I can't get out and do any shopping or anything else," says Melissa Jenkins, a shopper at Martin's.

And grocery stores prepared by having extra staffing on-hand.

"Absolutely, yes we do because we're ready to go into a holiday weekend and on top of that is the storm. So we're ready to see some customers here at Martin's," says Holly Morgan, assistant store manager.

While this may be the calm before the storm, ome shoppers came out early because of hard lessons learned in the past.

"I think we were snowed in just three days but without adequate supplies, you learn to get out there and do it," says Harrison.

With the combination of the holidays and the winter storm, grocery stores, movie rental businesses, and even liquor stores may do really well this weekend in sales. But people were rushing Friday night to make sure they get everything they need so they won't have to brave the roads over the weekend.


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