Hardware store operators say they have been trying to keep up with increased demand for winter supplies, like sidewalk salt, sleds and pipe fittings.
Salt in particular is a big seller, according to store managers.
“We sure have (sold a lot of salt),” said Tommy Wilson, store manager of Rockingham Hardware Inc. “It’s sold really well the past three days.”
According to Wilson, in the past three days they have sold more salt than any other time of the year, although trends like this are expected with winter weather.
“Salt is like a sled, they’re not going to sell until the ice is on the ground,” Wilson said.
Carnie McDonald, manager of Ace Hardware in Hamlet said they have sold salt to not only individuals, but business owners, churches and the city who use it on city owned sidewalks.
“We’ve been selling quite a few bags,” McDonald said. “Basically to anyone who has ice on the north side of their home.”
When temperatures drop below freezing, the potential for ice draws consumers out of their homes and into stores, according to the manager of Ellerbe Farm Supply.
“We’re sold out right now and just waiting on a shipment to come in Friday,” said Jerry Carriker, store manager of Ellerbe Farm Supply.
Carriker explained salt and sleds sell heavily before any inclement winter weather.
Afterwards, pipe fittings and insulation sell out due to people becoming increasingly frustrated with frozen pipes.
Hardware store owners say they keep some items in stock throughout the year, just in case.
“We carry them over the summer for fall in case of an early cold snap,” Wilson said.
With temperatures staying steady in the 40s and 50s throughout the week, the majority of the ice should be melted by the weekend, but according to the National Weather Service, there is still a small chance of a sleet and snow mixture over the weekend.
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