Several supermarkets will be open and fully stocked Thanksgiving Day for last-minute shoppers to purchase ingredients or even pick up ready-cooked meals.
The Winn-Dixie, Sedano’s and Whole Foods supermarket chains will be open for part of the day, along with locally owned markets including Milam’s Markets, Presidente Supermarkets and Price Choice Supermarkets.
Here’s a look at some of the supermarket chains’ plans for Thanksgiving Day:
▪ Many Winn-Dixie stores, which usually are open from 7 a.m. to midnight, will take in customers up to 4 p.m. on Thursdayand will offer both ready-made meals that can serve up to eight people and individual food items to cook at home.
Ruben Perez, a manager at the Winn-Dixie 10505 NW 41st St. in Doral, said keeps about 2,500 frozen turkeys and close to 100 to be cooked in stock at all times.
“We’ve been preparing store displays for the past weeks,” he said of Thanksgiving. “All the ingredients for the holiday dinner are in the same area” of the store.
▪ Two Sedano’s Supermarkets, one in Hialeah and the other in West Miami, will be open 24 hours. The other 30 Sedano’s locations in South Florida will be open until 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Each Sedano’s store looked at the previous years’ sales during the holiday as a guide to how much food it should keep on hand for shoppers, said Pedro Mesa, a Sedano’s Supermarket supervisor
▪ Whole Foods Market locations will be open for part of the day as well, some opening from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Opening times vary, however, depending on the location.
“We stock up in product for people,” said Jeremy Jones, spokesperson for Whole Food Market. “Sometimes Thanksgiving creeps up on them.”
The store also offers the option of purchasing organic turkeys. “We have full dinners, sides, desserts,” Jones said.
▪ Milam’s Markets, which has locations in Miami, Coconut Grove and Miami Springs, will be open on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are fully stocked with all the holiday foods and ingredients.
To prepare for the occasion, Milam’s keeps a large stock of turkeys and other key ingredients this time of year.
“We have about 5 percent more than last year and 10 percent than usual in the market now,” said Lily Hernandez, store manager at the store at 5767 Bird Road.
▪ For local markets like Price Choice and Presidente Supermarkets, hours of service on Thursday may vary.
For example, the Price Choice at 1851 NE Second. Ave. in downtown Miami is usually open 24 hours, said store manager Tony Medina — and it will keep the same hours during the holiday. Medina said his store is fully stocked and prepared to supply last-minute turkeys and food items, but these might run out by noon Thursday.
▪ Another option for shoppers is to pre-order their meals online, a feature which many supermarkets offer, and then pick up the groceries on Thursday.