COVID-19 impacting grocery stores for Thanksgiving

COVID-19 impacting grocery stores for Thanksgiving

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Thanksgiving will be different for many families across the country this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family gatherings will be smaller this year, so how will that affect local grocery stores?

Stores like Renfroe’s Market prepared early this year for thanksgiving, having displays for thanksgiving items in-store before ads were released. Their early preparations allowed shoppers to get an early start in preparing for their meal and allowed the store to replenish on popular Thanksgiving items like cranberry sauce, stuffing, chicken broth, and cream of mushroom soup.

Carter Hill Renfroe’s Market store manager Clark Psalmonds says his store has been bustling in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and says a rush is expected this week.

Psalmonds believes this will have an impact on the local economy.

“A lot of people that travel will probably be cooking at home, and some of them may be cooking for the first time,” Psalmonds said. Some of them will probably buy two batches, one to try and one to burn up.”

Renfroe shoppers have only a few days to get those Thanksgiving items at the store.

The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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