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11/22/04

Turkeys are Flying Off Lubbock Shelves at Higher Prices

It's turkey time! With Thanksgiving just a few days away, Lubbockities are flocking to get all the fixings and we found long lines at one of the busiest Turkey Day hotspots in town.

"Mashed potatoes and gravy and sweet potatoes," Lindsie Lamb, a young customer said.

"We bought a turkey breast and sweet potato pie," Delsey Vance said.

"We're buying turkey and dressing and all the trimmings, we're doing a deal out at my father's house," Jarrell Rial said.

"It's a Praters turkey, it's something we've done for the last 10 to 15 years," Gary White said.

But this year, business is different, Praters has closed its retail end and is selling out of Glazed Honey Ham, on 82nd street. "With the combination of the two stores I think it's going to be beneficial for both. I think it's going to be a good week," Brenda Rampy, Marketing Director for Prater's said.

Spending instead of cooking is what these customers are doing this holiday season. "I came out here to buy turkeys and hams. We do this every year for our employees, we have 30 guys who work real hard for us all year long and out of appreciation for that we give them a choice of a turkey or a ham. And I show up here and spend $1000 and everybody's happy," customer Dan Tarver said.

Chances are the price tag for your Thanksgiving meal will be a little more this year. "They have gone up, it's just a natural increase everything, turkey and ham both have increased this year, not as much as the side dishes. But the turkeys and hams seen probably the biggest increase this year," Brenda Rampy said.

Do you know why that is? "Fuel cost is a lot of it, we've had a lot of our suppliers that have said just their cost to ship or transfer to us is higher, so they've had to raise prices because of that," Susan Bowling, owner of Glazed Honey Ham said.

This year's biggest seller has been the Complete Turkey Dinner, in one box you get an 8 to 9 pound turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish and rolls. In other words everything you need for Thanksgiving. Except for dessert of course.

This year Praters ordered 25,000 pounds of dressing and 55,000 pounds of turkeys. Glazed Honey Ham will be open until 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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