Hardware stores keep busy ahead of snowstorm

Providence, R.I. (WPRI) — Residents across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts stock up on supplies ahead of February’s latest snowstorm.

Clerks in Benny’s on Branch Avenue in Providence spent the day restocking shelves.

Inflated snow tubes and rock salt were some of the items customer Carmine Giarrusso purchased.

“I’m tired of it. 12 more inches they’re talking. I’ve been snow blowing for the last week and a half,” said Giarrusso.

Giarrusso told Eyewitness News he knows he can’t put the snow blower away just yet. He also purchased a new spark plug ahead of another storm.

“I’m not happy about it. I’m a school teacher. I’d rather be in school with the kids being tortured by them than being outside being tortured by the snow,” he said.

Benny’s employees spent their shift restocking items.

“We count on being able to resupply the products during the winter and we’re half way through the winter now, Winter runs until March 21st, so it’s a long way to go,” said one employee.

Snow shovels, wood, and ice scrapers were other popular items leaving the shelves.

“I am buying wood for my fireplace and some ice melt for my driveway and walkway,” said North Providence resident Kim Mancone.

Employees said sleds were also one of the fastest selling items.

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