BIRMINGHAM,A L (WBRC) - Last minute grocery shoppers filled area stores and bakeries to grasp the final touches of Thanksgiving dinner.
Store managers say the day before Thanksgiving is typically one of their busiest days.
Checkout lines at Bruno's in Hoover were busy throughout the day as people picked up pre-made dinners and all the necessary side dishes.
And lines were equally long at the HoneyBaked Ham in Vestavia Hills. Employees said they sold thousands of hams, turkeys, sides, and sauces.
"It starts back a few months ago, just planning what we need as far as hams and turkeys," said Manager Mike Mosley, adding, "And we figure out the people we need to hire so we can wait on the many customers we have."
At Savage's Bakery in Homewood, customers lined to buy rolls and sweets.
"I usually get like coconut or a different kind," said shopper Jenell Willcutt "but this year, I got a birthday cake decorated like Thanksgiving."
Regardless of the type of food, shoppers said they are most looking forward to enjoying the holiday and spending time with family.
"We are going to have a big family gathering, watching football Friday and Saturday, playing golf on Sunday," said Rick Romano, "What a good weekend."