Winter supplies are in high demand as the weather in Saint-Louis changes
ST. LOUIS – Buyers are buying winter supplies earlier this year in St. Louis, and some of them are worried about supply chain issues.
As temperatures plummeted on Wednesday, interest in winter supplies increased.
“This afternoon we’ve probably sold three or four pallets of salt already,” said Jeff Branneky, one of the owners of Branneky Hardware in Bridgeton.
He thinks his store has an adequate supply of salt, shovels, sleds, ice scrapers and other winter supplies, but a harsh winter could change that.
“If you’re going to buy a shovel anyway this year, go ahead and buy it now,” Branneky said.
Interest in winter supplies also arrives early at Westlake Ace Hardware in Maryland Heights.
“I actually sold several snowblowers this year,” store general manager Joe Hinchcliff said. “We even sold a couple in July.”
He said interest in excavators is on the rise even though there is no snow in the forecast. Hinchcliff said the amount of supply remaining will depend greatly on how much snow arrives.
He said if buyers buy their supplies early, they won’t have to worry about whether they will be available later.
Bridgeton resident Rodney Bolden said he could purchase his supplies before winter arrives this year.
“Normally I get this stuff the day this happens,” he said. “I hate to say that, but that’s normally what I do.”
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