Single digit temps mean big business for hardware stores

Single digit temps mean big business for hardware stores

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Many stores are selling out of some space heater models. Many stores are selling out of some space heater models.
Customers at Ace Hardware were stocking up to supplement heat in their homes. Customers at Ace Hardware were stocking up to supplement heat in their homes.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – As single digit temperatures continue, space heaters are a hot item across town.

We spoke with several customers at Ace Hardware about their hunt for space heathers. Gene King of Straw Plains said he was surprised space heaters were still available. King manages several rental properties and dealt with frozen pipes all day Tuesday.

The assistant manager of Ace Hardware on Broadway, Brandon Cobb, said there was a steady stream of customers purchasing supplies to deal with the deep freeze Tuesday. He said there was not one specific item being purchased, but a variety of supplies to deal with weather-related issues. 

Empty shelves are a common sight for some of the more popular items, including plumbing insulation, heated cables for pipes and space heaters.

Within 30 minutes at the store, we saw a half-dozen of customers looking for space heaters.

Chris Thompson of Knoxville told us he wanted space heaters because his central heat system wasn't cutting it. This extra business means record sales.

Cobb told us their busiest days are typically in the spring, but due to the deep freeze, they've seen some of their biggest days this month.

Customers like Thompson and many others are ready for this weather to move out, telling us spring can't get here soon enough. 

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