Winter is still weeks away, but hardware stores across the Piedmont Triad say they’re already having trouble keeping winter weather supplies on the shelves.
“We’re selling out of propane, electric, diesel, gas -- anything that produces heat, we're selling out of,” said Jeannie Spears, a Lowes Home Improvement sales specialist in Burlington.
Seasonal items like fireplaces, chainsaws and logs are also flying off the shelves at Lowes stores across the Triad. Spears says it is very unusual for people to stock up on winter supplies this early. She says most people start buying those items in late January and February.
“There is no snow in the future as far as we know, but we're selling snow shovels, we're selling ice melt. Pallets of ice melt we've sold out of. And all the kerosene heaters, because no one wants to be caught off guard like last year,” said Spears. “We have trucks coming four nights a week and I can't get [the shelves] stocked.”
The owner of Ace Hardware in Jamestown has noticed the same thing.
“Normally people start buying them when they see a little bit of snow, a little bit of ice. They're buying much earlier,” said store owner Sunil Chojar.
Chojar says kerosene heaters, propane heaters, and snow melt are already popular items for customers.
Lowes Home Improvement in Burlington has started a customer waitlist to make sure everyone gets the winter supplies they need before the winter weather gets here.