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Residents stock up after foot of snow predicted Tuesday

Residents stock up after foot of snow predicted Tuesday

February 1st, 2011 in News

Don Norfleet/FULTON SUN photo: Lydia Allison of Fulton said she heard about a big snow storm coming Tuesday and decided to stock up on groceries on Monday afternoon. "I was out of some things and now I am ready for the snow. A foot of snow sounds like fun."

Callaway County residents rushed to Fulton grocery stores Monday in anticipation of an ice and snow storm that may dump up to a foot of snow on the county.

Lydia Allison of Fulton said she was out of some food and decided to go to Moser's Supermarket to stock up.

"I'm ready for the snow. A foot of snow sounds like fun," Allison said.

Adam Rufkahr, a North Callaway High School student, said he got out of school early on Monday and decided to drive to Moser's Supermarket in Fulton to stock up on food.

"Before I left the gravel roads were extremely slick. I almost fell down a couple of times trying to walk on the icy driveway," Rufkahr said.

He said the gravel roads were much slicker than asphalt roads and streets.

Tim Morris of Fulton said he came to Moser's to get some pizza and canned goods so he would be ready for the coming snowstorm.

Nick Niedergerke, manager of Westlake Ace Hardware in Fulton, said daily business had tripled in his store by the end of Monday morning as people stocked up for the snowstorm.

"On Monday morning, we sold 200 snow shovels and now we are out," Niedergerke said. "We also sold 10 pallets of 40-pound packages of ice melt, and I have 10 more pallets on the way. We still have some smaller bags of ice melt. The bigger 40-pound bags are most in demand."

He said potassium chloride ice melt is not harmful to vegetation and is not as hard on concrete as salt.

Chris Garrett, manager of C&R Supermarket in Fulton, said shoppers began stocking up over the weekend after the snowstorm was forecasted.

"People are buying frozen meat and canned items and just about everything in the store. There was a gradual buildup of business starting on Saturday and it really hit hard on Sunday and Monday," Garrett said. "Bread, milk and eggs were big sellers on Monday. Sales of everything across the board were up tremendously.

"People also were shopping for snow shovels and ice melt. Our snow shovel and ice melt supply was pretty well depleted on Monday, but I have a truck on the way with a fresh supply of snow melt and shovels that will arrive Tuesday."

Ron Mirts of Moser's Supermarket said after the weekend forecast of a snowstorm, grocery business increased dramatically.

"People want to stock up on groceries before the big snowfall. It started on Sunday, and we were packed on Monday," Mirts said.

He said the store even ran out of salt on Monday.

"We don't stock snow shovels. We probably could have sold a lot of those too," he said.