Holt residents stock up on groceries

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Paticia Peterson, left, speaks with Holt resident Jeff Mashburn from behind the deli counter at Brown's Grocery on Wednesday afternoon. Peterson, a Crestview resident, said the cold weather and bad road conditions did not keep many of the customers from visiting the store.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 04:18 PM.

HOLT — Despite icy road conditions, residents are still stocking up on groceries.

Brown's Grocery store manager Austin Walani said that even though the typical early morning business was slower than usual, the Wednesday afternoon rush was normal.

"We had people come in and buy bread and milk; we also sold quite a bit of firewood," he said.

 Patricia Peterson commuted to work to run the store's deli counter. Peterson drove to Holt from Crestview, along U.S Highway 90, to fill in for a co-worker unable to make it in.

"It was real nerve wrecking," she said. "I lived up north for five years, so this was nothing, but for those who don't know how to drive (in these conditions) that's the scary part."

The commute to work, which regularly takes 30 minutes, took an additional 10 minutes by traveling no more than 25 miles per hour, she said.

Peterson said the store was seeing the same amount of customers. She said a few residents from the nearby rural area of Harold came to the store to buy food due to their homes being without power.



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