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Grocery stores say prepare for heavy lines ahead of Super Bowl weekend

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) - All eyes will be on the TV Sunday for Super Bowl 54, but before game day comes a lot of preparation.

Nearly every register was open at Wegman's Friday afternoon filled with customers shopping for their Super Bowl parties and Wegman's service manager Rusty Dewing says it will only get busier throughout the weekend.

"It is, I believe, the second biggest food holiday of the year... and with that being said we are very busy," said Dewing.

Customers like Judy Smith says she was prepared for the long lines.

"Normally I would be out earlier than today but normally it's great. It's fine and you put up with the crowds anytime it's a holiday weekend or something else is going on. You just have to expect it," said Smith.

While workers at the store made sure Super Bowl food essentials such as chips and dip, veggie trays, and chicken wings were front and center.

"We got our Monster Wing Bar. That's a huge variety of wings that people can mix and match throughout the day. That's on Sunday morning," said Dewing.

With kickoff approaching, Wegmans says Saturday might be your best bet to get that last minute party food.

"You can come anytime from Saturday until Saturday evening. It's going to be busy no matter what. But the thing is... Sunday morning is going to be the craziest and it's going to be the busiest until about 3:00 P.M. …because that's around the time people will start concentrating on their parties," said Patty Darrow, the head of knowledge based service at Wegmans.

Customers say the key to Super Bowl shopping is having a grocery list and patience.

"If you follow your list, you'll be fine. If you start veering off that, you'll end up spending more. It happens all the time," said Smith.

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