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People take to the stores before Thursday’s snowfall

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Wegmans was packed Thursday morning as many people did some last-minute shopping.

“The parking lot is packed. The food is going fast,” said Linda Nmia of Vestal.

Residents in the area made sure to stock up before the snow hit the Southern Tier in the afternoon.

“I’m getting some brown sugar, some bananas, distilled water, a few things that I need,” said Phyllis Bartlett, of Johnson City.

Many made sure to cross off much needed items off of their grocery lists to avoid traveling later.

“Well, my son has my car and I have to use my husband’s car, which I don’t know how to drive in the snow,” explained Nellie Kochenash of Vestal. “So now, I’ll be all set.”

Wegmans was prepared for the rush of people expected to shop in its store.

“In the last two days we’ve been making phone calls to all of our employees and our cashiers to ask if they had any extra time to come in to handle the amount of people that would be coming in and that need assistance,” said Wegmans service manager Rusty Dewing.

Some shoppers were spending money on their sweet tooth to enjoy a snowy day indoors.

“Some dessert, things like that so you can watch TV, have fun and just relax and let the snow come down, because it’s pretty when it does,” said Nmia.

Store officials say Wegmans will remain open 24/7.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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