Business booms at hardware stores ahead of snowfall

By WEEK Producer

Business booms at hardware stores ahead of snowfall

December 13, 2013 Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Business was booming Friday at local hardware stores, as people started getting ready for the snow.

Customers were streaming in to Nena's Hardware in Peoria, where everything from snow melt, shovels and scrapers, to gloves and hand warmers were being scooped up.

Manager Keith Rieker said after last year's mild winter, people seem to be waiting to make purchases.

"Last winter wasn't that bad, so I think they're kind of thinking, we're not going to get too much until we get a good forecast that says we're going to get a lot of snow.. and then they start coming in," Rieker said.

As for such as snowblowers, Rieker said people usually wait until the first significant snowfall hits to make that type of big-ticket purchase.

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