Birthe Wiik, left, picks up her family's Thanksgiving turkey from Bill Hamil, right, at the Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. on Wednesday. The Meat & Seafood Co., as well as area grocery stores, will be open today to help shoppers with their last-minute Thanksgiving meal needs.

Photo by Brian Ray

Birthe Wiik, left, picks up her family's Thanksgiving turkey from Bill Hamil, right, at the Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. on Wednesday. The Meat & Seafood Co., as well as area grocery stores, will be open today to help shoppers with their last-minute Thanksgiving meal needs.

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Stores to stay open for last-minute Thanksgiving needs

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Holiday closings

The following is a schedule of other area closings for today's Thanksgiving Day holiday:

- Area banks, including Alpine Bank, Bank of the West, First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, First National Bank of the Rockies, Millennium Bank, Mountain Valley Bank, Wells Fargo and Vectra Bank, are closed today but will reopen Friday.

- Routt County government offices are closed today and Friday.

- City offices in Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Hayden and Yampa are closed today and Friday.

- Bud Werner Memorial Library is closed today and Friday.

- Steamboat, South Routt and Hayden school district offices are closed today and Friday and will reopen Monday.

— Many Routt County residents will gather today for Thanksgiving feasts, passing plates of turkey, baskets of rolls and an assortment of casserole dishes.

But as is often the case, the men and women manning local kitchens will realize an essential ingredient for the feast is missing. Whether it's creamed corn for mom's famous souffle or flour for grandma's biscuits, area grocery stores will remain open until early this evening for those last-minute items - including turkeys.

"All of their holiday needs, we've got it covered," said Margie Mornong, store manager at City Market. The grocery store in Central Park Plaza is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

"If you want a turkey in a bag, if you want it in a box, if you want it ready to be heated, then we got it," she said. "The special little things you need for a recipe - like whipping cream, half-and-half and butter, we've got that covered, too."

Mornong said she's continually amazed by the number of people who come into City Market on Thanksgiving Day - just hours before their meal - looking for a frozen turkey.

"You need at least a day to thaw that thing out," she said. "That's when we sell them the pre-cooked bagged or boxed one."

Mornong said hundreds of turkeys have been sold at the store, and Safeway manager Tim Bailey said he too has seen strong turkey sales.

"Thanksgiving is always a good holiday at the store," Bailey said. Safeway is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Steamboat Meat and Seafood Co. owner Bill Hamil said last-minute shoppers can pick up fresh smoked, oven-ready turkeys today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at his store on Yampa Street.

"Unfortunately, we are about sold out on our prepared Thanksgiving meals that serve six to 10 people," he said. "They have been tremendously popular this year. We were sold out last year, and we decided to make even more this year, but we didn't keep up with demand, it seems."

Hamil said ham or oysters also make an excellent Thanksgiving alternative to turkey for those looking for a change.

The Steamboat Springs Wal-Mart is closed today, as are area banks and post offices. Only express mail will be delivered today, with regular mail service resuming Friday.

Waste Management will run its Friday pickup schedule on Saturday and will resume regular residential pickups Monday.

Other utility offices, including Atmos Energy, the Yampa Valley Electric Association, Comcast and Qwest, will be closed today and Friday. However, workers will be on call to handle emergencies.

Comments

justice4all 6 years, 4 months ago

EVERYONE HAS SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

DON'T FORGET WHERE OUR BLESSINGS COME FROM!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL, justice

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