WESTWOOD, Mass. — With Memorial Day weekend here, many people will be grilling and barbequing at home.
Roche Bros. Vice President Arthur Ackles told Boston 25 News his stores are ready for the influx of customers this holiday weekend will bring.
“I think sales this weekend will be pretty good, customers are going to be staying home with their families, probably celebrating at home with their immediate relatives and cooking out,” Ackles said. “Yesterday our sales were pretty similar to last year’s Memorial Day Friday.”
Ackles said the meat shortage impacting the country hit his stores too, but some of the quantity limits they’d placed on products are starting to get lifted.
“We actually just took limits off all of our meat products except for packaged products,” Ackles said. “We did go through about a week and a half period where we did limit it to two packages of each type of meat per customer, but we were able to take that off yesterday. We’re hearing better signs that the overall outlook on the supply chain of meat is better and is going to be better moving forward.”
Ackles also said he expects meat prices to drop in the coming weeks.
“In some cases the cost went up over 100%, and we’ve been trying to not pass it on to the customer, but it got really difficult the last week and a half not to,” Ackles said. “In general, I know customers are concerned about pricing.”
Long lines could be seen outside grocery stores on Saturday as people stocked up on supplies for the long holiday weekend.
Dedham resident Mary Grealish especially looked forward to spending time with family during the weekend. She works in the intensive care unit treating patients with COVID-19 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
“It’s been rough, it’s been rough, really rough,” Grealish said. “The disease is as bad as they’re saying it is. I know it’s tough on people and they can’t work, but the alternative is not pretty.”
Grealish typically spends time with dozens of extended family members over Memorial Day weekend, but this year she’s scaling things back and only celebrating with her immediate family who she lives with. “I hope to God we don’t see another surge like we’ve seen because I don’t think any of us can really do it again, especially the people that don’t usually work critical care,” Greaish said. “It’s been a challenge all the way around.”
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