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Grocery Stores Brace For Storm

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The weather might have cancelled plenty of events tonight, but it didnt keep many people away from the Super Market. Their plan was to stock up on the essentials before it got even more dangerous to leave the house.

"I think we got more than we normally would, just in case so we have it if we're stuck at home, said Jennifer Shipp as she finished up on the checkout line.

"I wouldn't want to be here when it was jammed packed with long lines, said Lynn Mann while she navigated the store.

Workers said today is crazy, but yesterday was a nightmare. They said checkout lines were so long that they snaked through most of the aisles in the front half of the store. Still, it was hard to find a shelf that wasnt stocked.

"Seems like Hy-Vee here has done a really good job at keeping things stocked up and the shelves filled so there's plenty of food to go around, said Shipp.

Thanks to preparation before the storm, If we're out of something, it's not for long and if it's something like an Ag idem, we'll substitute something. We don't want somebody to have to come back for it, said Johnson Ave. Hy-Vee Store Manager Dan Fuller.

Store Managers say when the big storm hits, local shoppers stock on the basics like milk, eggs and bread, and that alcohol sales also skyrocket.

"You got to batten down the hatches and prepare and that includes all your spirits and wine and everything too, said Johnson Ave Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits Manager Luke French.

Workers say all they can do is work faster and harder, but when all else fails, if we're still backed up on the front end because we're so packed we hand out bakery cookies, said Fuller

The store says the biggest challenge is making sure there are enough people to work inside. Some workers say theyre gearing up for 14-hours days while the storm lasts.
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