Grocery store workers say shoppers preparing for Thanksgiving are purchasing smaller portions

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and grocery store workers said many have started or will start shopping this weekend.

With travel advisories in place, some may not be traveling, so many orders have been for smaller-portioned meals.

Earth Fare in Roanoke had steady business on Friday, Nov. 20, as waves of shoppers checked out with their Turkey Day goods. The most-common fear shoppers expressed, was whether or not smaller turkeys would run out.

Officials with Earth Fare said that would not be an issue, and their shelves will stay stocked.

More than 40 orders for turkeys have come in so far this year, according to Angela Morgan, who runs the prepared foods section informed crews.

That’s just a bit more than half of the number of orders the store had last year. Larger turkeys, she says, are still being purchased, but most would feed anywhere from six to eight people.

“We’re kind of getting closer [to] the Thanksgiving day [and] the sales are picking up. More people are coming and checking out the deals, and the holiday platters that we have. A lot of people are just not wanting to cook the big family meals, so they’re trying to find something really easy to do,” Morgan stated.

Curbside take-a-way will also be an option for the first time at the Roanoke Earth Fare. Morgan explained the need was expressed by shoppers who did not feel comfortable coming into the store. The goal was to have the service ready by the weekend.

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