The day after Thanksgiving is famous for its retail rush, but the day before found shoppers in the grocery aisles.
"This is a big day for us," said Brooke Martin, manager of the Food Lion at 526 N. Belair Road in Evans. "The day before Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas are really busy, our big days."
Mr. Martin, whose store is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, said he expects more shoppers this morning.
Emily and Dean Reichert, of Lincolnton, braved the crowded Kroger store in Evans about mid-afternoon looking for the staples for their Thanksgiving table.
"It wasn't that bad," Mr. Reichert said while unloading the full buggy of groceries into the back of their car. "I've seen it worse."
But waiting until the day before Thanksgiving to shop has its drawbacks.
"We're trying to get everything and they are already out of heavy whipping cream," Mrs. Reichert said. "So my pumpkin pie idea is out the door."
Ansley Bennett, a manager at the Evans Kroger said the shelves are stocked and extra employees are working.
"We have every register open pretty much all day," Ms. Bennett said, adding that extra shoppers, employees and product displays crowds the store.
Some shoppers are buying the entire meal, while others are picking up last-minute items or just some supplies, Ms. Bennett said.
Hollis Brown, assistant manager of the Sav-A-Lot at 2728 Peach Orchard Road in Augusta, said his store was hopping with customers all day Wednesday, but the crowds aren't much more than the store normally serves.
"We're busy," Mr. Brown said. But, we stay busy around here."
At the Kroger on Knox Avenue in North Augusta, Bonnie Clark, 43, of Jackson, S.C., was already stocked for the holiday but she had to go back to get just a few more ingredients.
"I'm getting a little bit for tomorrow and just my every other week grocery shopping," she said.
Ms. Clark planned to make red velvet cake and sweet potatoes. Green bean casserole is also on the menu but just for her husband.
Ms. Clark said she can't stand the taste of it.
Staff Writer Adam Folk contributed to this report.
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