Stew Leonard CEO shares holiday grocery shopping insights

Stew Leonard Jr. discusses the reality of supermarkets on Thanksgiving and the last minute rush vs. people who shopped in advance.
3:53 | 11/26/20

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Yeah, nice dusk there. We begin with concerns about last-minute Thanksgiving shopping. According to our recent mh poll 74% of Americans say 're eating dinner at at home up 44% from a normal year and experts have been advising all those additional holiday shoppers to shop early and social distance. This morning we are checking in with president and CEO of stew Leonard supermarkets, stew Leonard Jr. Bringing us a reality check. I know you were open last night and have already been open today for more than an hour. What have you noticed people rushing in to buy last minute? Well, you know what it is, it's all about Turkeys right now. You know, everybody wants Turkeys and, you know, also the sides, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce. I the things you sort of were ready to put out but, oh, I forgot butter, cream, all the basics like that. That's the last-minute stuff we're seeing at stew Leonard's right now. Basically they didn't do their big shop yet. Well, you know what happened to me, we do all these catering orders like right here now we did over 5,000 Turkeys, our chefs have been working around the clock right now. But we have a dinner for eight that we did last year, this year we started with a dinner for four so this is basically Thanksgiving in a box right here. Oh. You can C get it, bring it home. Everything is ready for you. You know, it's a no-brainer right there. And ahead of the holidays did you notice a trend of people shopping in smaller portions given the CDC's guidance to kind of keep Thanksgiving gatherings smaller this year? Well, you know, it's like my family, last year I had over 30 people. I've done it for like 20 year, the whole family comes over for the leonards, this year, my brothers and sisters are all having their own Thanksgivings with their own families, and so we're having four Thanksgivings in the Leonard family instead of one. We found that is very common. I even talked with your crew here today. They're doing the same thing. So that is the trend right now, more Thanksgivings, smaller is the key. And some of the things we've done like here's a shrimp platter that was a great seller every year. W what we did is we downsized and went half of that. The Turkey was a 25-pounder that everybody wanted this year. They downsized on that. Here's something, we have the buffets like whole foods does in the store where our chefs make all the hot food. We have a lot of seniors come in to buy just a small Thanksgiving for them. We have right here a dinner for two so you can just come in and buy that and bring it home so we're seeing trends towards smaller without any doubt at stew Leonard's. Speaking of trends, very quickly, I've noticed people seem to be hoarding important things like, you know, the Clorox wipes and paper towels and toilet paper. Are you noticing that in your stores? Yes, there has been a trend and you know what, the industry got caught flat-footed basically in March with a shortage of toilet paper, you know, bounty towels, Clorox and now they've really recovered a lot. We can -- I can promise everybody we will have toilet paper. It may not be, you know, Charmin but there is another brand that's just as good and so -- You might have to switch brands. Well, that's it. You know, you know what I have, I have four daughters home and my wife so I have a pretty good test kitchen for toilet paper at the house. Thank you so much for joining us this morning. And for that good laugh the we all need it.

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