Snow brings boost to winter businesses

By KBJR News 1

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- With more than two feet of snow along the North Shore, and more than a foot and a half here in Duluth and still falling, many Northlanders were flocking to area stores finding ways to dig themselves out.

After the last few winters, the early and heavy snow is welcome sight for some.

"It did take us all by surprise that it came this early and with such a vengeance," said Tom Donlin, of Burgarf's Ace Hardware.

It's been a good few days for businesses like Ace Burgraf's Hardware in Duluth.

"Business has been a dramatic upturn with the weather. They have really shopped our shovels hard, our ice melt and all of our winter needs," said Donlin.

And when the snow started falling on Monday, it kicked off rush hour at Duluth Lawn and Sport.

"It's been a real big panic on snowblowers. Basically as fast as we can put them together, they are going out the door," said Dave Chrysler, Sales Manager at Duluth Lawn and Sport.

And then there's the fun part of winter. With nearly eighteen inches of fresh powder on the ground snowmobiles are in hot demand.

"The trails opened the first of December. This is the earliest they have ever been open with really good snow conditions. It's gonna be a really great year," said Chrysler.

If you aren't out on the trails, you are most likely on the roads. Many Northlanders planned ahead to protect their cars from slipping and sliding.

"Definitely the best thing that can happen for us is a snowstorm," said Terry Pulling with Duluth Tire.

At Duluth Tire, the books started filling up three weeks ago with customers booked to get snow tires. But the amount of snow we're getting took many by surprise.

"Monday morning by noon, we were booked through Saturday," said Pulling.

Pulling says most tire companies make their money in November and December with vehicle owners getting outfitted with winter tires.

"In this town, you better have snow tires, cuz when it hits I didn't expect this, this came out of nowhere for me, and I wasn't prepared," said Pulling.

Duluth Tire says they had four cars booked per hour...that's 40 cars per day...plus some awaiting service in an overfill garage!!

They said they don't turn away any appointments and were working overtime to fit everyone in.

We are expecting at least another five to ten inches before this storm is done.

And to top it off gale warnings are in effect through ten Wednesday night.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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