First casualty of Hurricane Irene: D Batteries
Most hardware stores and home centers along the Eastern Seaboard ran out of D-Cell batteries early on Friday as residents prepared for the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene. Typically not a fast-turning item, the big round batteries are essential for full-sized flashlights and portable radios.
Mercier’s Hardware in Warren, R.I., was out on Friday. In Port Chester, N.Y., both Costco and Ace Hardware had no D batteries left. The editor of the Oxford Patch put out an online plea to his readers on Friday after visiting stores in seven Connecticut towns. “D batteries: Know where to find them?”
Alan Talman, owner of Karp’s Hardware on Long Island, N.Y., received a pallet of D-sized batteries early on Friday during his regular Do it Best shipment. “I ordered it three or four days ago because I’m a gambler,” Talman said. “If you have [several] flashlights, they all need D-cells, and of course the Maglights take them too."
All the D batteries were sold out by 3 p.m. on Friday.
Irene generates home product demand
Eastern Seaboard consumers are lining up for batteries, generators and other storm-related products as Hurricane Irene bears down on the eastern United States.
A CBS News report on the storm said Home Depot’s emergency preparedness team has been working and watching the storm closely, and have already sent 500 trucks to supply East Coast stores with high-demand products. CBS quoted Steve Holmes: "Product is selling just as fast as it arrives."
That assessment was born out by other reports from New York’s Long Island, not only at big boxes, but also at a handful of hardware stores, where one shopper described the scene at several stores as "a madhouse."
Irene is expected to hit land on Saturday.
Rocky’s gets final OK in Westfield, Mass.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware got its final approval to build a new store in Westfield, Mass., after resolving issues with the local planning board, according to an article in The Republican.
The new $2 million store, expected to open later this year, will be built at the rear of an existing Rocky’s location on Main Street. The old facility will be razed to make room for on-site parking, to which the planning board originally objected. Modifications to the project include fencings and plantings to screen the parking lot from public view.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware is a family-owned chain of 30 stores with locations in New England and Florida.