Got air conditioners? Heat wave challenges supply chain
An article in the PatriotLedger.com reported that hardware and appliance stores say air conditioner supplies are dwindling.
A heat wave across the United States is making air conditioning a high-priority home improvement project. The newspaper quotes one Massachusetts retailer saying: "I would think there won’t be anything left by Thursday or Friday."
In Tampa area, hardware store closes
The Ace Hardware store at Tri City Plaza in Largo, Fla., has closed its doors, according to an article in the St. Petersburg Times.
A hand-written sign in the store’s front door explains to customers: "After 36 years, we are closing our doors. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and allowing us to be a part of yours."
The store was owned by Bob and Mary Jane Hoag, who purchased the store from its original owners in 1987, according to the article.
Hardware store sales show growth in May
Unadjusted sales for NAICS 44413 retailers were up to $2.074 billion in May, compared with $1.899 billion in the same month last year.
May is the latest month of available statistics for the hardware store classification. The data was released Thursday morning in the Monthly Retail Trade Report.
May’s unadjusted sales were also ahead of April’s figure of $1.748 billion.