Memorial Day shopping hit by inflation in Hazleton, PA

Newswatch 16’s Carmella Mataloni stopped by the new Weis in West Hazleton to see how shoppers pick and choose what’s on the menu for the holiday weekend.

WEST HAZLETON, Pa. — Lines at registers are full and carts are packed at Weis.

The store has just reopened after a fire in December.

“We heard it was the grand opening and it’s the local store we shop at so we decided to check it out and see how it all goes,” said Marie Frey, Drums.

Lots of people are here to shop for Memorial Day necessities.

Meet up with family and friends? It will probably cost you a little more this year.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks price changes for various goods in the “Consumer Price Index” and has found that many items have seen sharp increases.

Including picnic staples such as meats, fruits and vegetables.

“It’s pretty unfortunate, especially for people who are less financially fortunate,” said Katlyn Cortese, Hazleton.

Because it’s a new store and it’s a holiday weekend, shoppers are noticing promotions at checkout.

The fear is that once all is said and done, these prices will go up.

“We can toast some of that, but the main thing is to grab those good prices and put it in the freezer,” said Shannon Davis, Eagle Rock.

Buyers are feeling the pinch and are choosing to reduce or even remove certain items.

“For example, baked goods. For pies, apple pie went up. I can’t remember what it was like $8 for an 8 or 10 inch and now it’s like $10. Now , of course, meat prices will go up.” Frey said.

Shoppers say they will continue to monitor prices and use coupons and the store’s point system.

“Sometimes if you have one of those cards, the savings cards. That cuts the prices in half,” Davis added.

Despite rising prices, Weis officials expect to be busy throughout the weekend and will be stocking barbecue staples.

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Edward N. Arrington