Food businesses busy ahead of Thanksgiving

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through Eau Claire, you will find shoppers emptying grocery store shelves, no activity on this night is rare.

"Most of them I hope have their turkey now, they might be picking up their stuffing," said Rick Walker, the Store Director at Festival Foods.

He says customers are stopping by for gravy, potatoes and all the fixings.

And things are going to keep staying busy.

"They'll be shopping up until noon tomorrow pretty hot and heavy,” Walker said.

It is so busy; he says it adds up to Festival's second busiest shopping day of the year, right behind the 23rd of December.

"We've got the turkey, we've got dressing, we've got sweet potato pie of course," said Judy Kendall, a shopper at Festival Foods.

Judy Kendall has already been here multiple times.

"We've got sweet potato pie of course," she said.

You could say her list is never ending.

"I keep thinking of something else," she added.

On the other side of town, business at Toppers is booming.

"Not a lot of people want to cook a couple nights in a row," said Chris Poquette, the General Manager at Toppers.

He and his staff are taking orders from customers who want to avoid the kitchen. Wednesday night ranks right up there with some other major holidays.

"Superbowl is really really busy, New Year's Eve is really busy and celebrating," he said.

Poquette estimates they will have made at least 200 pizzas. And for those who do not want to pick it up, you will likely get it delivered by someone like Sam Owens.

"Election night last year was pretty busy, the Superbowl is always kind of nuts," he added.

He is banking on at least 30 deliveries.

"It's kind of great actually, can't complain," he added.

Happy employees, happy customers, that leaves just one unhappy party.

"We love to eat, everyone is happy but the turkey," Kendall said.

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