Last-minute shoppers get ready for Thanksgiving

Several grocery stores are also open Thursday

Last-minute grocery shoppers stop by Fred Meyer for their Thanksgiving dinner needs. (KOIN)
Last-minute grocery shoppers stop by Fred Meyer for their Thanksgiving dinner needs. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Many people hit the grocery store Wednesday night to finish off their Thanksgiving dinner preparations.

Most shoppers at the Fred Myer in the Hollywood District were all set with their turkeys, but needed side dishes.

“The fast pace of modern life made it difficult to make time for groceries,” Rachel Good told KOIN 6 News.

Value of U.S. turkeys — $670M
Average household meal — $50.11
Property loss from house fires — $28M

On “Thanksgiving Eve” last-minute shoppers were picking up produce and ingredients before families arrive for the big day.

“It’s definitely crazy busy in here, helping everyone find those items they need to celebrate with their families tomorrow,” Fred Meyer Food Manager Chris Levi said.

Many seasoned cooks do their shopping weeks in advance, even getting specially prepared meals pre-ordered from the deli.

“For the last couple of weeks we’ve been taking special orders through our service deli department, preparing meals for families to pick up pay and take home,” Levi said.

Levi also expects those super last-minute shoppers to pop in on Thursday morning.

“Definitely anticipating some last-minute shopping needs usually a little busy in the morning and then everyone goes home to celebrate with their family,” Levi said.

Grocery store Thanksgiving hours

Fred Meyer — open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Winco — open until 3 p.m.
Costo –– closed
Safeway — open regular hours
Albertsons — Most open until 10 p.m.

Turkey cupcakes from the Fred Meyer Bakery. (KOIN)
Turkey cupcakes from the Fred Meyer Bakery. (KOIN)