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Some area businesses looking forward to snow


Several inches of the white stuff could mean some green for area businesses.

Business was good at a Waterloo True Value store early in the season. People remembered the past couple winters and they wanted to be prepared, but since the beginning of December things have definitely slowed down.

The Ridgeway True Value store sold 85 percent of their snow blowers in October, November and the beginning of December. John Schotter, the owner of the store, says he is overstocked with shovels and salt mix. He says those are the things people will wait to get until the snow starts flying.

"First guy through the door bought a bag of ice melt this morning, but that's about all we've seen so far. I think they're waiting to see if it actually happens," said Schotter.

Tyler Gulden is a service technician at True Value and works on small engines. Like snow blower sales, Gulden says he was busy early on.

"Basically people just trying to get ready for winter but at the moment, no this is almost the only one," said Gulden.

Some people are using the unseasonably warm weather to catch up on some yard work and businesses like True Value are getting the work. People are actually bringing their lawn mowers in to get them fixed in the middle of winter.

"I've worked on a couple of them which is strange for this time of year, but it keeps me busy. I got to get through the day and I get paid hourly so it all helps," said Gulden.

"I hope it snows like crazy for the next month. I've got enough stuff to get rid of. We also have to think of how it also reflects on the spring. The grass growing, of course, we sell fertilizer, lawn mowers, and seed, and it's dry we're getting into a draught situation and then it hurts that half of the year too," said Schotter.

Schotter says he is also hoping to move some of the inventory soon with this upcoming snow. He just received a shipment of lawn mowers which will go on sale soon.

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