Supermarket Sees Big Increase of Business before Thanksgiving

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va – On Wednesday, the store shelves were stocked and carts were full of food. Lots of people went shopping in Red Front Supermarket to get ready for Thanksgiving.

John Garber, the owner at Red Front, said his store sells double the amount of food the Wednesday before Thanksigiving, than they do on a normal day.

"Kind of like we have our Black Fridaiy before the holiday, so everybody's out buying food for their meals then," said Garber.

Garber said the three days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas are the busiest days of the year for his grocery store.

"We look forward to those days each year as really busy days. We do a lot of business for the families who are still eating at home. We realize a lot of them eat out for Thanksgiving, not so many at Christmas."

All that food you buy for Thanksgiving is good news for stores like Red Front. As for how much it costs the average shopper this year, Garber said food prices have not changed much.

"Things like Cool Whip or Stove Top stuffing, same price we've had the last several years, so there are few things that have crept up but a lot of things that go right into that Thanksgiving meal are right where they were last year."

Some customers at Red Front said they do not mind handing over a little extra cash on the holidays, since it is all about spending time with the family.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average American spends about $50 on a Thanksgiving meal. For that price, a person could serve ten people.

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