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Last minute shopping at the grocery store

AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- With only a day before Christmas, time is winding down to finish your shopping. Along with retail stores, one of the busiest places Thursday, was the grocery store.

In order to accommodate the influx of shoppers, more than 200 employees were working at the Austin HyVee. They were making sure the shelves were stocked, customers groceries were bagged, and fresh baked goods were ready for your holiday table.

Tis the season, for last minute shopping.

"We need everything, for desert, the meal, appetizers, milk, bread, the usual as well," said shopper, Bonnie Shaw.

HyVee staff told us they were ready for one of their busiest shopping days.

"More people staffed than any other day of the year. Fortunately, we've had a truck every single night and I think we're well prepared for it and we're selling a lot of product today," said HyVee worker, Jerod Wengler.

In order to meet consumer demands, the bakery's manager told us they've been baking goodies around the clock.

"Five days ago we turned the oven on and we haven't shut it off since. It runs 24/7," said Bakery Manager, Rod Bailey.

In less than 15 minutes, more than 1,000 buns can be baked.

"Right now we're sitting at 8,000 - 10,000 dozen buns that we've baked in the last 5 days."

Bailey said that even if the bakery is out of what you're looking for, within 2 to 3 hours, he'll have it freshly prepared. Besides freshly baked goods, what else are last minute shoppers in search of?

"The hottest item in our story today is gift cards, because people have run out of time to go shopping, so they can come to Hyvee and we have all selections of all types of gift cards," said Todd Hepler, HyVee's Store Director.

Between groceries and presents, HyVee is truly a one stop shop, for some customers.


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