Grocery stores busy as residents stock up

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

TAYLOR MILL, KY (FOX19)  - Thousands across the Tri-State headed out to stock up on food and water on Wednesday night before possibly hibernating in their homes on Thursday.

The check-out lines at Remke Grocery Store in Taylor Mill died down about an hour before they closed, but Manager Shawn Liermann said the store had been busy most of the day.

"Whatever they have planned for the week they gotta come in and hit it all at once because they don't know if they'll be able to come back out this week," said Liermann.

Eggs, milk and bread topped Tami Lester's list.

"I bought pretty much all the groceries I need in preparation for the big snow storm," Lester said.

Others such as Sarah and Susan Schweitzer had a different agenda.

"We got a birthday cake for dad," said daughter Sarah Schweitzer.

"Because his birthday is Friday so just in case," said mom Susan Schweitzer.

Northern Kentucky resident Greg Pattison was on a last minute mission to keep the peace.

"My wife is going to be home with the kids tomorrow at lunchtime," Pattison said. "If there's snow, and it was just a good idea to have a little something in the house and make sure there was no rioting over the empty fridge or the empty pantry or any of that. So yeah, a little safety for my wife's sake, basically."

Whatever their items, shoppers all hoped to weather this seasonal rite of passage: the area's first major winter storm.

On busy nights like tonight, Remke managers said they actual triple their front of house staff to keep the check-out lines moving.

"We just need to check our schedules to make sure we have enough coverage and help," said Liermann. "Check our stock levels for the products we know they're going to buy. Any sale items. Course all the bread guys have been out today. Today being a non-delivery day."

But in the end, some are holding out hope they won't need these items at all.

"I'm kind of counting on maybe they'll be wrong," said Susan Schweitzer.

Remke managers said they will be open tomorrow, no matter how much snow sticks to the ground.

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