As the blizzard approaches the Miller Place-Rocky Point area, local supermarkets Stop and Shop in Miller Place and Waldbaum's in Rocky Point have seen a rush during the week, especially Thursday into Friday.
Thursday evening, Stop and Shop was filled with locals in a rush which customer service manager Michelle Lynch said was comparable to Sandy.
"It's probably about equal," Lynch said. "I think it’s about the same."
The difference, however, seemed to be that people weren't just purchasing the essentials like milk and water, but the normal everyday items as well.
Actually, everyone is buying everything," Lynch said. "I'm seeing frozen stuff, meats, just normal shopping. I guess they’re not too concerned about power outages. I think they’re just trying to make sure they have enough food, snacks and things to keep their kids active if they’re stuck in the house."
Over at Waldbaum's the surge was similar, though store manager Jim Burns didn't thing it was as busy as the Sandy prep just yet on Thursday evening.
"Friday I think will be the busier day, but it’s probably 50 percent busier than a normal Thursday," Burns said. "Sandy was a little crazier, and don’t think we’ll reach that."
On Friday morning, the parking lots were still full as the wintry mix began to fall and the snow made its way in.
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