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Metro Market employee Pete Duchac helps bag groceries as Jordyn Pape rings up customers on Wednesday at Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road.
Metro Market florist Flo Paulson and floral manager Lee Schultz on Wednesday at 2160 Silvernail Road. They were helping customers with their floral needs before Christmas.
Metro Market florist Flo Paulson fixes an arrangement on Wednesday at Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road.
Shoppers braved the cold on Wednesday to do shopping before the holidays and predicted winter storm. Pictured Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road. 
Jordyn Pape checks a price on an item on Wednesday at Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road.

Metro Market employee Pete Duchac helps bag groceries as Jordyn Pape rings up customers on Wednesday at Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road.
Metro Market florist Flo Paulson and floral manager Lee Schultz on Wednesday at 2160 Silvernail Road. They were helping customers with their floral needs before Christmas.
Metro Market florist Flo Paulson fixes an arrangement on Wednesday at Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road.
Shoppers braved the cold on Wednesday to do shopping before the holidays and predicted winter storm. Pictured Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road. 
Jordyn Pape checks a price on an item on Wednesday at Metro Market, 2160 Silvernail Road.
WAUKESHA — The checkout lines were busy on Wednesday at Metro Market Silvernail, 2160 Silvernail Rd.
Jake Nelson, store director, said the store has been busy due to people wanting to get their shopping done before Christmas and also the predicted snowstorm. Nelson said the store is prepared for customers’ needs such as salt, batteries and shovels among regular grocery items. While walking around the store, he greeted other staff members. The upbeat attitude is often needed during the stress of long lines and a few cranky customers.
“We talk about empathy and being kind. You might not know what a person is dealing with,” Nelson said.
Florist Flo Paulson was busy tending to the floral department on Wednesday. There is a deal on poinsettias and several other floral varieties are available. Paulson has been with Metro Market for one year.
“It’s lovely and has pizzazz. I love the floral,” Paulson said.
She loves the customers and one person dropped off a gift for her on Wednesday.
“People are so courteous and very nice,” she said.
Paulson has been encountering many customers buzzing about the wintry forecast.
“They are getting ready and buying groceries,” she said.
Paulson said the most challenging aspect of working in the grocery industry is trying to keep up during the holidays.
“I’ve never seen so many people. It reminds me of a maze of ants. Trying to get their stuff done. The most rewarding part is the greetings, and gratification of helping,” Paulson said.
Lee Schultz, floral manager, said the most challenging part is trying to help everyone and doing something special for everybody’s holiday.
“The smiles are the most rewarding. It is an honor to be a part of everyone’s holiday,” Schultz said.
Jordan Jeanpierre, marketing director of Albrecht’s Delafield Market, said during the holidays there are customers who shop earlier and others who wait until the last minute.
“This time of year it’s everything and anything. We get a mix of those who shop weeks ahead but some items are best bought closer to the holiday. Snow basically shifted everyone’s shopping a bit earlier. We expected Thursday-Saturday to be busy, but every day this week was very busy,” Jeanpierre said.
Joe Nolan, co-owner of Good Harvest Market, said the weather forecast threw the store for a loop. They weren’t quite ready for the rush of people on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Our schedules are set one to two weeks in advance. You just base it on what you think sales are going to be,” Nolan said.
People aren’t buying water but are buying meat and other products, according to Nolan. Customers were shopping earlier for holiday meal and party items.
“Normally our busy day would be Friday but that might not happen. So people are buying ahead of time,” he said.
They are noticing a few out of stock products because of orders not coming in until Friday.
“We’ve seen significant lines yesterday and today,” he said.
Nolan said there were more cashiers scheduled for later in the week before he knew about the storm prediction.
There has been customer chatter about whether the storm is actually going to happen and how bad it will be.
“There are concerns that the storm will come and their holiday plans will be disrupted and buying stuff for a party that might not get held. There were some people worried. I don’t think that will happen,” Nolan said.
Shoppers in West Bend talked about out of stock items at various stores.
Tami Letson of West Bend said she was worried about losing power. She stocked up on eggs, bread and supplies for chili, pizza and chicken. Her plans include staying in today and Friday.
Amy Bergmann of West Bend found both Pick ’n Save and Meijer to be busy on Tuesday.
“Baking soda and powder seemed to be low in stock. I was able to find everything except Hershey Kisses milk chocolate. Menards had those,” she said.
Carmen Lujan Butschlick of West Bend just wanted to make sure there was enough gas for the snow blower.
“We don’t really stock up on anything. We live in an area that knows how to handle snow,” Butschlick said.
Randall Koehler said “The beer fridge and bar are stocked. We’re good here!”
Lea Brehm of Oconomowoc found checkout lines to be long in Waukesha County.
“The lines were horrible the other day! It was part holiday and part normal shopping! We also scored the last four Jiffy cornbread at Sendik’s,” Brehm said.
 
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