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Businesses getting slammed on Christmas Eve

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Some of the busiest places this Christmas Eve? Stores that cater to your taste-buds.

Lois Hills was shopping at Martin's Supermarket Tuesday. Her reaction to walking around the grocery store? "Ugh... Crowded. And hard to find things."

Hills was there to grab some last minute Christmas menu items. To handle the crowd, Martin's added more staff to keep things moving.

"We prepare," says Martin's store manager Chris Hawley. "We look at sales from last year and we project out on history. We've got plenty of lanes open for getting customers in and out quickly," he adds.

Over at Macri's Italian Bakery, folks are loading up and picking up cookies, deli meats, bread, wine, cakes, and various party trays.

Gerry Mott, one of the stores managers says, "The two days leading up to Christmas are our two busiest days. Yesterday and today, controlled chaos is how we look at it."

Nancy Vitalie, a regular Macri's shopper, says she stops in every Christmas Eve to grab loaves of bread for Christmas dinner.

In downtown South Bend, The South Bend Chocolate Company is also seeing folks rolling in grabbing those last minute party gifts.

"We do find a lot of local people that are traveling, they feel proud to bring something from South Bend," says Nisa Buller, one of the employees. Buller says Christmas Eve is their busiest day of the year. "To take a product back from home base to share with their family and friends as gifts, and we've noticed that a lot of that, that they want to take a piece of home," she adds.

Martin's, Macri's and The South Bend Chocolate company will be closed Christmas Day.

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