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Easter Shoppers Fill Supermarkets

The holiday weekend brings in big bucks for grocery stores.
We may be a day away from Easter, but many were still on the hunt for eggs.

There wasn't an empty spot in the parking lot at United Market Street on Georgia, or in supermarkets around the high plains.
 
Hundreds headed to Market Street to do some last minute holiday shopping before Easter Sunday.

Assistant Service Manager Chad Barnett says, " we probably see anywhere form 500-1,000 people come through our store the Saturday before Easter."

Barnett says on holiday weekends they're are prepared, with in more managers, more checkers, more stackers, more baggers and whoever else they need to meet the needs of Easter shoppers.

With busy aisles and long lines, and thousands of transactions....

Barnett says, " we probably bring in tens of thousands of dollars more this weekend than a typical or average weekend."
Folks aren't just hitting the store for ham, dinner rolls, vegetables and eggs though.

He tells us, "we also see our floral sales go up during this time,with Easter lilies being sold, and flowers.  Food service sees an increase in their sales.  Pretty much all throughout the store we see an increase in sales."

Barnett says shoppers are pretty understanding on holiday weekends and prepared for long waits and crowds.

But come next week, he says they'll be back to normal.

"We'll reopen Monday morning at six and it's back to business as usual."

He tells us the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, July 3 and 4 and Christmas Eve are the busiest days of the year for the supermarket.

According to Genesis BCS, 146 billion dollars are spent on Easter materials annually.
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