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Local stores say higher prices not stopping Thanksgiving rush

12:01 AM, Nov 23, 2011   |    comments
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Many have less money to spend on Thanksgiving this year especially since everything from airline tickets to grocery prices are on the rise. 

However, Knoxville area grocery stores said it is not stopping the holiday rush as customers get ready for the big day. Even though prices for turkeys and all of fixing are up by 13% on average around the country, grocery stores are pushing bargains to get customers in. 

However, Midway IGA is seeing the opposite. "Business is up from last year which is great and so far it's up this month it's up from last year," said Midway IGA Manager Rodney. 

Belinda Ferrell is checking off her list. "Got to please the husband, got to please the children, got to please the mother," said Ferrell. She has a lot of food to fix for nine people. 

The higher prices make the trip a little more painful. However, Belinda said there are essentials you can't skip out on.
"Pumpkin pie, dressing, turkey...This year I cut out the ham to try to find some savings somewhere no need for a turkey and a ham," said Ferrell.

By the time she makes it to the register, she is actually relieved. She used her saving cards, which made the turkey complimentary. She spent close to $100, while that is higher than the national average she said it will be worth it. 

If you still have shopping to do, store manager said early Wednesday morning is the best time to come. They expect it to get a lot busier in the afternoon and during rush hour.

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