Knoxville last minute holiday shoppers succeed on night before Thanksgiving

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Thanksgiving is almost here and many East Tennessee families are getting ready for their holiday feast with some last minute shopping. There was steady traffic at grocery and liquor stores all day Wednesday.

Regi Mines says her Thanksgiving eve shopping experience was better than expected. Mines picked up turkey and ham for her holiday feast earlier in the week. She just wanted to stop by Raddy’s Liquor Center Wednesday to grab a few beverages because she knows the store will be closed on Thanksgiving

She is one of the frequent customers who were in and out of the store all day.

“I’m here just to pick up a few things just in case a few people want to stop over tomorrow for a little glass of holiday cheer,” said Mines.

Raddy’s is one of the liquor stores in Knoxville prepared for the rush right before Thanksgiving. They even expected a double in sales just for Wednesday.

Michael Hiday, an employee at Raddy’s Liquor Center, says the day before Thanksgiving is one of the three busiest days of the year at his store. The other two are Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

“There’s double the amount of employees we usually use. We run about three usually but today we run about six just to keep up with the customer flow and to be able to keep up with stocking, preparing for everything that’s coming along and everything like that,” said Hiday.

Other Knoxville businesses have been getting traffic too. Many shoppers were still picking items for their holiday dinner. Vicki Carroll is happy her last minute shopping trip wasn’t as bad as she thought.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was a little scared coming here but it turned out great I got in and out really quick. I was shocked,” said Carroll.

Now that she has the shopping taken care of, she can start enjoying Thanksgiving.

More online: Hours for East Tennessee grocery chains on Thanksgiving

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