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Stores reporting inventory sell-out as locals prepare for winter onslaught

Posted: December 5, 2013 - 1:46pm
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COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO  Rebecca and Josh White debate on the perfect sled for themselves and their kids, ages 7 and 3, to use Friday if ice and snow accumulate as it was predicted.
COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO Rebecca and Josh White debate on the perfect sled for themselves and their kids, ages 7 and 3, to use Friday if ice and snow accumulate as it was predicted.

Fuel, faucet covers, sleds and propane heaters were selling out in Conway Thursday at local hardware and sporting goods stores as locals prepared for an imminent winter weather event.

Close to an inch of ice was predicted for Conway and surrounding areas, prompting a rush to get supplies should ice accumulation cause power outages.

Grocery stores like Walmart and Kroger had near-empty bread shelves as early as Wednesday night.

Hiegel Supply owner Jerry Hiegel said customers were lined up at the store’s propane filling station Thursday morning 30 minutes after the second shipment arrived.

He said Thursday morning he sold out of faucet covers, Coleman fluid and kerosene.

There were still sleds in stock, he said.

“We stocked up on what we could get a hold of when we got information that this was coming in. Other dealers in the same part of the state are still accessing the same warehouse, and you get what you can,” Hiegel said.

Haynes Ace Hardware at Prince Street in Conway reported the store was “swamped” since 8 a.m. Thursday.

The store’s manager, Mary Pollock, said they were selling out of lamp oil, oil lamps, kerosene and propane heaters, propane bottles, faucet covers, generators, gas cans and propane stoves.

Pollock said the store still had a little bit of most things, but inventory was running out by Thursday afternoon.

The store still had sleds in stock and ice melts.

“We are trying to replenish as quickly as possible,” Pollock said.

Ace Hardware will be open if at all possible Friday, according to Pollock, and the store has yet to close for a day due to the weather.

Dick’s Sporting Goods manager Jeff Warren reported the store still had a few sleds Thursday, but they were out of propane and propane heaters.

Kroger’s on Salem Road in Conway reported the store was receiving extra shipments of water, bread and milk Thursday.

Bread selection ran low Wednesday night, but co-manager Adam Williams said Thursday bread shelves were being restocked.

He anticipated incoming shipments of extra water and milk before the ice and sleet mixture were predicted to hit the area.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236, or on Twitter @Courtneyism. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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conwayville 12/06/13 - 08:00 am

Never ceases to amze me

How many people wait until the last second before a storm that everyone's known about for a WEEK to go buy all the bread and all the milk they can find.

So what!?

So then the next person who walks into the store finds bare shelves, and their kids may have to go hungry, in the dark.

We've all known for about a week that the weather was going to turn bad. Should have been prepared long before it started, in my opinion. I was prepared before last weekend. Actually long before that. It's Arkansas weather....you know we're going to have some nasty stuff once in a while.

Just like buying gas before a price hike. You go out at the last minute and FILL every one of your vehicles. Next thing you know, gas stations are OUT of fuel and the ones that are open hike the price. What do you think happens to milk/break?

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