Busy stores on the day before Thanksgiving

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - bY Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - For many Birmingham area residents, the day before Thanksgiving was spent picking up last minute items for Thanksgiving dinner.  Employees at area grocery stores and bakeries were handling the crowds.

At Whole Foods in Mountain Brook, shoppers lined up to get prepared meals featuring turkey and some trimmings. Some shoppers said they were happy to let someone else do the cooking.

"It is so good and so convenient," said Mary Powers. "I want to take the day off and enjoy my family."

Vestavia Hills police officers directed traffic around Honey Baked Ham. Customers waited in line all day, but said the line moved quickly, and it was worth it. "It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a Honey Baked Ham," said Shelia Brown. "I'm here every year in the crowd. I stay in line until I get my ham."

Faithful customers also lined up at Savage's Bakery in downtown Homewood to pick up cookies, pies, and rolls.  Store managers prepared for the rush by stocking up on sweets and bringing in extra staff members.

"It has been an insane day," said employee Barbara Sandlin. "Every five seconds a new person is coming in, and we are having to fill out orders.  It has been very chaotic."

For some area stores the rush continues on Thanksgiving Day.  Whole Foods and several other grocery stores will be open in case anyone forgot an important item for Thanksgiving dinner.

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