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Snow Sales

By: Breann Bierman Email
By: Breann Bierman Email

Whether shovels or just walking on sidewalks, many people are still working through the first snow storms of the winter.

Snow blowers and shovels are selling out across the area and businesses are having a hard time getting more in stock.

After the first snow storms of the year hit, people went running for ice scrapers, shovels and snow blowers, bringing booming business for hardware stores here.

"I would say we sold twice as many shovels or more as we usually do, probably about 50 and for a small store that is a lot of shovels," said Rita Parr, owner of Parr’s Hardware.

Repair stores saw huge numbers.

"This was the perfect storm, we haven’t had a big snow for the past years so people weren't prepared,” Roger Dale, owner of Roger’s Hometown Repair said.

Dale said poor maintenance added to the numbers he saw as well as snowplows that broke with the first snow.

Dale said 26 snow blowers came in the first day of snow.

"In 23 years, I have never been this busy, I've got 65 snow blowers backed up here and it's just me, Dale said. “I have to disconnect my phone and just do them one at a time."

While Dale doesn't seem to have enough helping hands this winter, retailers can't get their hands on winter supplies from manufacturers.

"The past several years with not having very many snowfalls people have kind of been putting it off and that of course has created a demand, and inventory nationwide is very low," said Mike Ripplinger, season supervisor at Farm & Fleet.

"Our distributor out of Indiana and is out of shovels so we can’t get anymore,” Parr said.

Whether its delays or just too much snow that is causing this shortage of winter supplies, the people we spoke with say, with weekly orders in, they hope it will make for less of a headache when the next snow storm hits.


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