A shop manager is stocking up this week on the items that local shoppers made the last-minute Christmas dash for last year.
Independent retailer Budgens has carried out both local and national surveys to find out what top items people bought last year in the run-up to the big day.
The independent retailer collated last year’s sales stats to identify what customers bought in the store during the 36 hours before they sat down at the Christmas dinner table.
We have taken a look to see what our Bedford readers leave until the last minute.
While the nation is busy buying cheese in the hours leading up to Christmas, the Bromham store is stocking up on fresh flowers.
To shop has also put up signs at the shops to remind customers not to forget their flowers and biscuit treats for Christmas morning.
The other three top items in the Bromham store are greeting cards, chicken breasts and finally mice pies.
Where as the national trend sees cheese as shoppers’ last-minute dash top item, followed by alcohol, chocolate, smoked salmon and double cream.
Store manager Russell O’reilly said: “The stats are no surprise to me, as every home has their own way of doing Christmas, and there’s always that one thing that Christmas just isn’t Christmas without – and it’s not just mince pies.”
And over in Wixams the top five last-minue dash items are not so Christmassy with milk topping the board, closely followed by a bouquet of flowers, then soft drinks, kitchen foil and toilet tissue.