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Last Minute Shoppers Crowd Grocery Stores in Central Virginia

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Last-minute shoppers are crowding grocery stores in central Virginia to get supplies for their Thanksgiving feasts.

Thanksgiving-eve crowds packed the parking lot at Whole Foods in Charlottesville.

Inside, shoppers jockeyed for cart space in the aisles to gather ingredients. 

“We’re passionate about the food and Thanksgiving is definitely all about the food,” said Matt Williams, the Whole Foods team leader.

Cathy Brower has everything she needs for her Thanksgiving feast in one box.

Whole Foods customers preordered 750 turkeys to pick up. The store expects to sell 1,000 birds by Thanksgiving.

"We've been in Charlottesville for about 25 years now, so folks really trust us for their Thanksgiving meals," said Williams. 

Across town, Wegmans is welcoming its first holiday season in Charlottesville.

Wegmans took 150 orders for catered Thanksgiving dinners. The store is even catering to its customers' tastes.

"Oysters is something we find is very popular here in Charlottesville for oyster stuffing," said Chris DePumpo, a manager at Wegmans.

Rosa key is searching for the traditional turkey to complete her Thanksgiving menu.

"Collard greens and turkey and candy yams,” said Rosa Key.

She's thankful for the reunion the holiday brings home.

"Somebody always shows up, and before we eat dinner we always go to the turkey bowl up at Venable School," said Key. 

Believe it or not, this probably won't be Wegman's busiest day. The manager says that's coming up on December 23. Both Wegmans and Whole Foods are open Thanksgiving day until 4 p.m. in case you forgot some items.

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