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Hardware stores, repair businesses getting record sales after storms

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The deep freeze was a big boost in profit for some local businesses. Some owners are saying the past week was a record-breaker.

The sweet sound of sales. The cash register at Gales True Value Hardware in Kalamazoo got a work out this week.

"My statement is always when you see white, we see green," assistant manager Brad Rowgo says.

Customers poured in, wiped out the roof rakes, depleted the salt pile and emptied the car scraper stand twice.

"It has helped make up for the last two years, where we have been slow during those times," Rowgo says.

Down the street at Steensma Lawn and Power Equipment, "Oh it's been crazy. Monday through Wednesday we were non-stop," Derek Hemingway says.

Steensma's sales team tells Newschannel 3 that in three days, they sold through three winters worth of snow equipment stock.

"We've sold over 80 snow blowers in the last three or four days. We've sold a dozen snow plows," Hemingway says.

Now that the storm is over, Steensma's parts department is flooded with customers. Their service barn is filled with row after row of snow blowers waiting to be fixed, but the team at Steensma tells us they're more than up to the challenge.

According to Hemingway: "All I can say is, 'Bring it!'"

Steensma also tells Newschannel 3 that after next week they won't be able to order any more snow blowers from their suppliers because they're too backed up.