Minnesotans Shop To Hunker Down For Wintry Weekend

By Amelia Santaniello, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Lots of people are running errands before Saturday’s big storm hits. Grocery stores, liquor stores and gas stations were all jam-packed Friday with people preparing for the storm.

“I am stocking up for the storm, I am,” said Shelley.

Shelley says she’s ready.

“I have two carts, which is very normal for me,” she added.

She’s got everything from milk to meats.

“It could snow for a week and I think I’m covered,” she continued.

The Rainbow Foods in Lakeville said it’s bringing in more employees to cover the mad dash, and it’s a good thing.

“I can’t believe how packed it is, everyone is here getting ready for the storm,” said Kathy Hennen.

“We got enough provisions for the weekend,” said Bill Leach.

“Cheetos he got, and cookies and onion dip,” laughed Betty Leach. Bill Leach added pointed out they’d also gotten chicken breasts and meatloaf.

People say this storm warning is a little different than the ones in the past.

“Just because I believe the forecast this time. I think it’s really coming,” explained Bill Leach.

The scene was the same at Kowalski’s in south Minneapolis.

“I don’t like the cold, I’m not a real big snow fan, which is why I’m in Minnesota, I guess,” joked Judy Bialka. “Actually I’m trying to avoid the crowds.”

And the store is calling more employees to help.

“It’s been really busy. It’s been busier than normal. Just the anticipation. People are probably leaving the office a little early today to beat it home,” said Teresa Paulson with Kowalski’s.

Surdyk’s Liquor Store was packed with people stocking up on adult beverages, and the store is making it easier to find your favorite beverages.

“We have online ordering, so you can place an order online and we’ll have it ready for you and hold it in the store and you can come pick it up at your convenience,” said Melissa Surdyk with Surdyk’s Liquor Store.

There were also big crowds at the Mall of America Friday night. The mall has never closed because of weather and won’t this weekend, either.

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  • Brandon

    The store was ridiculously crazy tonight. I went to Cub in Bloomington and there were hardly and carts left, hardly any parking, and the lines were insane! (Note: Cub employees were great, as were the people shopping… it was just really busy!)

  • Shane G

    Downtown MPLS Target was also busy with people shoulder to shoulder!

  • Holly

    I don’t get it, the storm is going to last for one day. People don’t have enough food to get by for a one day storm?

    • JamieinMN

      It’s possible that they’re NOT getting only food.

  • Jilly

    Well I would guess that AFTER the one day storm there will be at least ONE full day of plowing needed, followed by very cold weather. And it being the end of the week many do their normal shopping on the weekends.

  • Daniel

    Yeah, its Minnesota, lets pretend that snow is unusual. This story makes it sound like we are preparing for nuclear fallout.

  • KJo

    People know it will only be a day or two, but I think many folks are stocking up so they can relax and hibernate for the weekend – I know that is MY plan :)

  • Bill

    People believe all that overblown forecast they are sheep

    • trish


  • Momma

    I shopped last night and got my most of my chores done so I can relax a bit before shoveling. I heard each shovel full of snow will weigh about 18 lbs.


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