Times to avoid the roads and stores to beat the Thanksgiving rush

Posted at 10:12 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 09:38:17-05

The Thanksgiving rush is already on both the roads and in the stores.

Milwaukee-area drivers said Tuesday afternoon was a busy day for those trying to reach Mitchell International Airport.

"It was very busy on the roads. It took me an hour to get here," said Lynne Bomzer.

It was not any better for air travelers trying to make it home to the Brew City.

"We were coming from Detroit, the actual terminal was just insane because so many people were connecting because it's a Delta hub," said Kara Schuchman.

AAA finds Tuesday afternoon and evening are the busiest times for congested cities like Chicago and LA.

Wednesday is also one of the busiest food shopping days.

The biggest crowds are expected at stores at the folowing times:

  • WOODMAN'S 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • SENDIK'S 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • MEIJER 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • PICK-N-SAVE 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

And when it comes to last-minute purchases, don't forget the butter.

Meijer says it sells more butter Wednesday than any other day of the year. Other big last-minute items: cream cheese, cream of mushroom soup, celery and sweet potatoes.