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Published February 08, 2013, 04:58 PM

Local stores are stocking up for the weekend weather

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Those winter storm or blizzard warnings not only bring worry and concern, but a lot of stressful shopping.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Those winter storm or blizzard warnings not only bring worry and concern, but a lot of stressful shopping.

People are packing local grocery stores hoping to get their hands on the essentials and store employees are left trying to keep up. Cash Wise has been crowded all day, full of people hoping to beat the weekend weather.

But it's not just a busy time for shoppers, store managers are making sure they're shelves are fully stocked as the items fly off.

Phones are ringing off the hook as shoppers steadily roll in..

Doug Vanyo/Front end manager: "We're always ready"

Ready and busy preparing for what could be the most snow, and the most shoppers so far this season.

Tim Rhode/Store Manager: "They head in before they get socked in I guess"

Vanyo: "Sometimes when it storms we get nothing, sometimes when it storms we get so swamped that we can't keep up"

Extra employees man the cashiers and stockers fill the freezers, all for a storm that's still uncertain.

Rhode: "They're forecasting this one a little bit further out so today should be a very good day, tomorrow should be a good day."

Leading up to the big storm, some of the first items to fly off the shelves are milk and eggs.

"Dairy line one please."

Rhode: "Milk, bread, eggs, and chips, seem to be the big hit"

Business may boom more than 25 percent during storm prep.

"$19.71"

But even though aisles may be busy and lines a little longer, store staff is ready for the challenge.

Rhode: "it's a little stressful but we try to add staff. We have a number of experienced cashiers who can help us through times lie this"

Vanyo: "we just like to keep our spirits up, keep the staff smiling, interact with the customers as best we can."

Making sure no matter what falls down, customer service always comes out on top.

"Thank you thank you."

Managers say another busy time is after the storm, when they'll bring in extra employees to restock the bare shelves.

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