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Thanksgiving Keeps Springfield Businesses Busy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Our kitchens aren't the only places that get a bit crowded during the Thanksgiving holiday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Our kitchens aren't the only places that get a bit crowded during the Thanksgiving holiday.

For many, the holiday starts on the road. That's why auto service shops see an increased number of customers just before Thursday.

"(We're) Very busy. It happens this way for the holidays," Howard Houser of Midas in Springfield said.

"Everybody's wanting to get their vehicles inspected -- lots of oil changes, fluid checks," he said.

Super market parking lots are always packed this time of year, too.

More than 240 million turkeys were raised in the U.S. this year, according to the Department of Agriculture. That's because the National Turkey Federation claims 88 percent of Americans eat the bird on Thanksgiving.

We can't show up to dinner empty-handed. Ozarks bakers said folks are flocking for post-turkey treats and side dishes.

"We've seen a lot more business," Gina Ripee, of Sisters in Thyme on Commercial Street, said.

"This time of year we get lots of orders for our yeast rolls and our table breads, which we make in shapes.

A few miles away on Glenstone, the Village Inn is known for pies. Employees are already inundated with 500 orders.

"We've got pies everywhere -- every nook and cranny," employee Ashlee McLanahan said.

Which pie is Springfield's favorite?

"French silk, it's a chocolate pie," McLanahan said.

No doubt, Thanksgiving kicks off a very busy season for businesses everywhere.

"Let's just say none of us get to go home," McLanahan joked.
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