Shoppers scramble at the stores before storm hits

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 20, 2015) -- With a winter storm hitting just as the weekend begins, grocery stores bore the brunt of the shopping rush.

At Kroger on the Northwest side, parking spots and grocery carts were at a premium just as people got off work Friday.

"It’s very crowded in the parking lot," shopper Lisa Robey said.

Robey was one of many who figured that since the snow was going to hit as the week ended, she may as well make a weekend out of it.

"(I got) all the necessities and extras for the kids because I plan to be in. If the weather’s going to be as bad as they’re projecting it to be, I’m going to be in," Robey said.

It was the same story to the south, where shoppers at Lowe's in Columbus made yet another trip to get winter supplies.

"I got 20 pounds, I think, of ice melt. ... I hope I don’t have to use it," Les Ames said.

He wasn't the only one, as shoppers hoped for the best but prepared for the worst. By evening, the shelves were already beginning to clear Kroger. Asset Manager Ron Seay said crews were getting used to the winter we haven't been having so far this year.

"Now that we’re starting to get a little bit of chilly weather in February and now snow, it’s starting to pick back up compared to what it was last year," Seay said.

He said extra shipments would be sent out to stores, given the forecast, as shoppers became the biggest indication of what the storm could bring.

"I expect to be snowed in," Robey said.

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