Last updated: November 17. 2013 8:30PM - 390 Views
Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

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Thanksgiving is on the horizon and shoppers are starting to stock up on its most popular item — the turkey.

“Our goal is to satisfy all of our customers with turkey purchases, but the reality is that it’s always a gamble consumers take,” said Trent Holbrook, store manager for Walmart. “As we get closer, we have to actually reduce the stock order because we don’t want lots of turkey in the stores with nowhere to go.”

According to Holbrook, the longer one waits to get a turkey, the greater the risk.

“Turkey is a hot item. Interestingly, the price does drop the closer you get to Thanksgiving. We’ll match other competitor prices, so long as we even have a turkey in stock,” said Holbrook. “You have to balance out the cost and the risk of waiting too long that you’re scrambling to find a turkey.”

Size matters, too.

If someone is looking for a larger size turkey, now is the time to make a move, retailers said.

“They take up a ton of space in a freezer. As we get closer, the turkey size could drop a bit. Sure, we have fresh turkey,” said Holbrook. “However, the best selection is right now. Ham is always popular, too.”

Many Americans would say Thanksgiving is “incomplete” without cranberry sauce; stuffing or dressing; and gravy. Other commonly served dishes include winter squash; yams; mashed potatoes; dumplings; noodles; corn on the cob; deviled eggs; green beans or green bean casserole; peas and carrots; bread rolls; cornbread; or biscuits.

“We sell all of that stuff here. We’ve stocked up on everything,” said Holbrook.

According to the store manager, the retail superstore is finding that shoppers are leaning toward getting their shopping done sooner.

As an added incentive and ability to get more shoppers into the store, Walmart already had a Santa Claus appearance. The jolly icon was seen in Walmart on Saturday taking family-friendly pictures with kids.

“He’ll be back. We’ll see Santa again on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A free 5x7 photo is provided. Additional pic packages start at $5,” said Holbrook.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.

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