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Pelham Residents Prepare for Thanksgiving Feasts

PELHAM, N.Y. - With Thanksgiving just eight days away, Pelham residents are getting prepared by shopping at DeCicco Food Market. However, the popular supermarket chain has not seen a noticeable increase in turkey sales yet.

“As of right now, I don't think there's been a big bump yet,” said assistant manager Alex Hyacinthe. “I think that over this weekend going into next week, we'll have a nice little hop.”

Hyacinthe and assistant manager Jerry Anzolme are both looking forward to Thanksgiving with family.

“Work until we drop and then go have dinner at grandma's,” said a smiling Hyacinthe.

Anzolme nodded, but then laughed and said, “I won't be at his grandma's. I'll be at my daughter’s.”

While DeCicco's has not seen a bump in sales of turkey, a few Pelham residents have taken care of that already.

Ann Reyna, a Pelham resident since 1975, ordered her turkey last week.

“Much too soon to buy anything else” said Reyna, who was born in Ireland. “I ordered the turkey and that's it. That's it for today and I'll do the rest of it next week.”

However, when it comes to people with a sweet tooth, Thanksgiving is one of their favorite holidays. While Reyna may not have bought the other complimentary Thanksgiving dishes yet, she has not forgotten about the pies.

“Although, I did make an apple pie and pecan pie yesterday, and put them in the freezer,” she said.

Reyna will also have help around the house because unlike many Americans on Thanksgiving, her family and friends will not be watching any football.

“My husband and my friends’ husbands don't watch football,” said a cheerful Reyna. “So, they're all assigned a task that day."

Carol Visconti has already bought her turkey, and is ready for Thanksgiving.

“Absolutely,” said Visconti. “Well, I'm Italian, so we're having all of that stuff. Stuffed mushrooms, turkey, antipasto, everything. I get most of my stuff [at DeCicco's] because I live around here.”

Visconti was even thinking ahead to Christmas, which is 39 days away.

“I get all of my stuff here, even for Christmas,” said Visconti. “When I see it, they put it out. I buy it because then you don't see it. They sell out.”

The Pelham native is excited for Thanksgiving and is prepared to cook for a large family.

“I have four sons and 13 grandchildren, so we're all going to get together. Mommy's doing the cooking, but we're going to a larger house for dinner,” she said.

While women usually delight in picking up the different foods for Thanksgiving, one Pelham man broke that trend.

“I already went shopping,” said Ronald Tarty. “I did my shopping the other day, actually. I'm just picking up a little odds and ends today.”

He will be spending the holiday at his mother-in-law's house.

For all of those Pelham residents who love DeCicco's, the supermarket is offering a promotion for Thanksgiving.

“Currently, we have a program where when a customer spends $100 and uses their DeCicco card, they're able to get a frozen Butterball turkey for 99 cents a pound,” said Hyacinthe.

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