(WHNT) – While many grocers across the country are faced with empty shelves or more expensive food, residents of the Tennessee Valley are heading to the store with less stress.
In Madison County, grocers took the advice when grocers said to shop early to get all the essentials for your Thanksgiving dinner. Grocery stores have seen a lot of foot traffic before, but with full baskets and well-stocked shelves, holiday shopping isn’t too stressful yet.
“We still have turkeys, we still have spiral hams, we still have plenty for those who haven’t quite done their Thanksgiving shopping yet,” said Melissa Eads, spokesperson for Kroger.
Eads says that every year a lot of planning goes into the holiday season; However, this year factors such as an employee shortage and supply chain issues made the anticipation even more important.
“We have certainly planned well in advance, orders are placed with our suppliers well in advance,” continued Eads. “We ordered extra before we really needed it, just to make sure we had it when the time came.”
Eads says that even if you can’t find your favorite brand on the shelves, there will definitely be other alternative options available.
“You may want a 12-pound turkey and you have to go for a 14-pound turkey,” Eads said. “We were really successful in getting the product in and putting it on the shelves. “
Ultimately, no matter what day you go, Eads says stress or worry should be the last thing you think about.
“It’s a busy time for all of us and we’re working hard to make sure that no matter if you shopped last week or if you’re going shopping on Wednesday, you can find what you need in the middle of all crazy and have a pleasant shopping experience, ”Eads concluded.
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