Grocery stores see increase in customers due to winter storm

By WEEK Reporter

Grocery stores see increase in customers due to winter storm

January 5, 2014 Updated Jan 5, 2014 at 6:42 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The snow storm is a boom for business at grocery stores.

The manager of the East Peoria Kroger says the last two days have been busier than the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush.

Some shoppers were on their weekly grocery trip, while others stocked up on last-minute items.

"We needed a shovel. We just moved and our old landlord took care of all our snow. So we never needed one before," said Jessica Willlis. "I got my list and I'm getting everything today, so I don't have to leave tomorrow."

"We came out today, we figured the stores wouldn't be as busy," said J.D. Bailey. Yesterday we tried coming out it was very busy, you couldn't really get around too much. So we came out today, get some stuff for food -- the essentials and everything like that."

Kroger says it will keep its stores open as long as it has employees to staff it.