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Today is the busiest day of the year for grocery stores

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Two days before Christmas is the busiest day for grocery stores across the country. (WFSB) Two days before Christmas is the busiest day for grocery stores across the country. (WFSB)
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

As people wrap up some last minute shopping, Wednesday is the busiest day for grocery stores across the country.

Newington's Stew Leonard's was no exception. 

For the Baldwins, Wednesday morning's trip to Stew Leonard's was a family affair. Three generations were preparing for Christmas dinner.

“It's fun. We have to wake up really early and we obviously have to get a lot of groceries,” Caroline Baldwin, of Deep River, said.

“This is my yearly tradition. This is where I get my roast for Christmas day, so this is what I do every 23rd of December,” Jennifer Baldwin, of Deep River, said.

The busiest shopping day for grocery stores. Stew Leonard officials said its three Connecticut locations and Yonkers store will serve 50,000 customers.

“I've learned over the years, good times and bad, people eat,” Jamie DiStefano with Stew Leonard's said.  “It's definitely one of the things that doesn't really fluctuate too much."

Shoppers indulged in seafood and staples as well as good cuts of meat.

“This is a tradition, always come to Stew Leonard's to get the filet mignon,” Justine Daunis, of Southington, said.

Stew Leonard's said their best-selling pie is their apple and today they'll sell about 4,000

Families said it's about sharing a wonderful meal with those you love.

"I love having the whole family together in one spot. It's very meaningful for me,” Mary Baldwin, of Old Saybrook, said.

“It's all about family, breaking bread and eating together, so it's actually to me more important than the gifts,” Daunis said.

Stew Leonard’s will sell enough eggnog this week to fill more than 135 bathtubs. 

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