EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The roads and stores were busy Sunday as shoppers made their last minute purchases before Christmas Eve.
The managers at the Shaw’s in East Providence said while every weekend is bustling, the weekend before Christmas is the busiest of the year.
Eyewitness News found the aisles filled Sunday at Shaw’s as people prepared for their holiday feasts.
“I’m shopping, I have to prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas day,” Maria Fazioli said.
Fazioli said she is hosting her family this year.
“We’ll have ham, lasagna, chicken marsala. We’ll have some fish on Christmas Eve, that’s a tradition for Italians, which we are,” Fazioli said.
The National Retail Federation estimates shoppers such as Fazioli will spend more than two dollars on food and decor for the holidays. The group also says 44% of holiday shoppers will stop by a grocery store.
“I’m surprised it’s this quiet, I’m kind of happy,” Fazioli said.
The National Retail Federation estimates spending across the U.S. this holiday season will total more than $700 billion, which would be a big boom to the economy.
Monday is the last day shoppers can pick up any ingredients at Shaw’s since they are closed on Christmas.