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Snow Supplies Fly Off Shelves Ahead of Storm

Snow PrepsSPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Salt, sand, and shovels. The three “S’s” are flying off the shelves at Rocky’s Ace Hardware stores.

“People are buying a lot of rock salt, a lot of sand, trying to mix it in together,” store clerk Marilyn Nicewicz said. “Shovels, gloves, anything that has to do with the storm. Anti-freeze, kerosene, they are kind of like getting ready.”

Keith Barrow stopped in to the store to replenish his winter supplies.

“We ran out of salt. Picking up salt. Better to be safe than sorry,” he said.

While forecasters still aren’t sure how much snow to expect Thursday, Barrow was hoping it’d be none, just like last winter.

“I was hoping, believe me I was hoping. I’ve been here all my life but still don’t like it,” he said.

Rocky’s didn’t get the chance to sell many snowblowers or other equipment last year. They are enjoying the business from this storm.

“Everybody is getting set. Everybody doesn’t really know exactly what to expect so they are kind of getting ready for everything,” Nicewicz said.

Nicewicz was busy cashing customers out all day at Rocky’s. She says it brings a post christmas boost in business, and even admits that she’s looking to see some accumulating flakes.

“I bought a snowblower last year and haven’t been able to use it so I’m looking forward to using it now,” she said.

Barrow said while many people complain about the winter snow, he tries to hold back.

“We live in New England, you know we have to expect it. If I didn’t, I should move, right?”

Rocky’s Springfield locations are open until 8PM tonight and are scheduled to open at 8AM tomorrow.


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