Local stores prepared for Super Bowl, despite wing shortage

Local stores prepared for Super Bowl, despite wing shortage

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Whether you plan to root for the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, one thing is for sure: thousands of wings will make their way onto kitchen tables.

Owner of Wing Zone, Martie Abercrombie, expects more than 10,000 of those wings to come from his Hoover store and 25,000 from his Tuscaloosa location.

"It is like Christmas. You know, one of the biggest days of the year for us," said Martie.

Martie said there will be enough wings to go around, but that could be because of the store's proactive steps. New information released by the National Chicken Council said chicken companies produced about one percent fewer chickens last year due in part of high corn and feed prices, meaning there will be 12.3 million less wings this year.

"It's kind of sad because it's what I love to eat," said wing fan, Jamie Tooley.

Jamie and her friend Aaron Curre were disappointed to hear the news. Aarons response to the shortage: "I guess they'll have to start selling more hamburgers."

There's good news though. That shortage won't affect local wing shops like Wing Zone and Buffalo Wild Wings in Hoover. Staff said they've already made their pre-orders and don't expect to have any problems when it comes to the big game.

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