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Stores Prepare for Pre-Storm Rush

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Many people are already planning on being stuck inside Wednesday, which means the mad dash to get last-minute groceries has begun.

People are waiting in checkout lines at grocery stores throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle in preparation for Wednesday's winter storm.

"We have definitely upped the staff. Pretty much anybody that can run a register will be in the building today," said Wilby Hodson, Food Lion store manager.  

Bread, milk, eggs and water are as good as gold at the Pantops Food Lion as people line up to get the necessities and a few treats for a day indoors.

Wednesday's storm will be the most significant to hit the Charlottesville area this winter, and for that reason, Food Lion estimates by the late afternoon on Tuesday, business will be through the roof.

"Milk we fill about every hour. We actually have a dairy man here all day long to keep milk and eggs full. The bread section we work close with our vendors," said Hodson.

Not only is the priority on getting shelves stocked for customers, but also having a backup plan in case the power goes out.

"Well, luckily for us here at Pantops, we do have a generator so we will not lose power. So we have plans to be open everyday all day," said Hodson.

Food Lion says it will be open all day Wednesday.

Hardware stores are also preparing for a boost in sales as winter weather approaches.

Martin Hardware and Lowe's say they have seen a steady flow of people buying everything to shovels and sleds, to flashlights. But both stores say so far the real money maker is ice melt. 

Several flat beds brought in an extra supply at Lowe's Tuesday morning to accommodate last minute shoppers.

"We're working with our regional distribution center, our emergency contact center, to get in extra ice melt and hopefully we'll have more generators on the way too this evening," said Chad Blanton, Lowe's assistant store manager.       

Both stores say staffing is not an issue as they anticipate a good number of customers Wednesday.

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