Troy residents work through holiday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 26, 2009

While most everyone is preparing Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, there are a select few that are doing the exact opposite – working.

“We have been pretty wrapped up [on Thursday],” Walgreens assistant manager Jacqueline Sanders said.

While a few people had come into the store for basic food supplies like milk or bread, according to Sanders, there seemed to be one thing everyone wanted.

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“Our biggest sales so far have been toys.

“We have some great selections and everything is half off, so I think people may be trying to get a head start on some of their Christmas shopping,” she said.

Alyssa Ealum, a junior accounting student at Troy University, was always working her shift at Walgreens on holiday and said she was OK with it.

“It’s going by pretty fast,” Ealum said. “It hasn’t been too bad today.”

Ealum began her day just like any other, at 8:45 in the morning and got off around 6:45 p.m. – just a like a normal day.

“It really doesn’t bother me too much,” she said.

While Sanders and Eulam stayed inside the store during their work hours, Cathia Cook was doing the exact opposite.

Cook is the owner for both of the Waffle Houses in Troy and was driving back in forth between the two to make sure everything was going smoothly.

“We were really busy in the morning,” Cook said.

“It has died down a bit, but I think things will pick up again as the day goes on.”

Even though most other restaurants are closed during on the holidays, Waffle House remains open, and that is the way Cook like its.

“I think it’s good that we are open [during the holidays],” she said.

“We get a lot of older customers who can’t see their families and people who are traveling.

“They want to be around company, a welcoming environment and good food and Waffle House can provide all those things.

“The holidays are always a lot of fun here,” Cook added.