Punching the Clock: Off to market

Working in a grocery store the day before Thanksgiving sounds nuts, right? Well I thought so too ... so thatís why I signed up!

Bright and early last Wednesday, I was off to the Big M in New Berlin to see what the Thanksgiving rush would look like in a small village.

Knowing for certain the last-minute details for everyoneís Thanksgiving feasts would require hundreds of people to venture to the stores for a can of cranberry sauce or that forgotten package of biscuits, I was sure I would see what action really happens inside the stores.

At 9 a.m., the store was already full of shoppers and the cashiers were working diligently on pricing and packaging one order after another.

Once I arrived, I was introduced to the boss (as everyone calls her) Michelle Persons. Michelleís parents Paul and Leila Marquit, have owned the store since 1975, and Michelle says she started working with them as a teenager and has had a hand in the business ever since.

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