Ice melt in slim supply at Fulton stores

Suppliers sold out or rationing stock during snowy, icy winter

So much ice melt is usually left over for Fulton hardware and home improvement stores come springtime that it’s hard to find a place to store it.

This year, however, managers are finding it harder to keep it on the shelves.

Stores around town are picked clean of salts and other sidewalk and driveway care products through what has been an unusually snowy and icy winter season, and don’t expect to have their stocks refilled this year.

Westlake Ace Hardware manager Nick Niedergerke said that on Saturday morning, he wasn't sure what the store would do with its leftover salt melt and figured they'd have to store it.

"Saturday morning when I left here, we had 12.5 pallets on that sidewalk out front," Niedergerke said. "Monday morning we had 4.5 and this morning we were out."

While Westlake has plenty of snow shovels, blowers, heaters and other cold-weather goods, Niedergerke said his store has been uncharacteristically low on ice melt products. They ordered two truckloads, or about 30-35 pallets, earlier this year.

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