Hurricane preparedness varies by region
Residents of Corpus Christi, Texas, stocked up on generators, plywood and gas cans for the newly upgraded Hurricane Alex, but veterans of hurricanes in other parts of the country are taking a wait-and-see attitude before they lay out money for emergency supplies.
AHome Depot on Port Avenue sold out of 600 generators in less than five hours on June 30, according to an article in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The staff at Lowe’s on Airline Road ran out of generators by 10 a.m. the same day. Both stores expected deliveries of additional generators within 24 hours.
The tropical storm on the Gulf of Mexico was upgraded to a category one hurricane by the Miami-based National Hurricane Center on June 30. Since then, Hurricane Alex has landed in Northern Mexico, causing floods and closing the busy commercial border crossing of Nuevo Laredo.
Meanwhile, many Florida residents are taking a “wait and see” attitude toward hurricane preparedness, despite their many run-ins with previous storms. Some blame the economy: Buying emergency supplies costs money, and paying bills comes first. Retailers interviewed by Florida Today reported sluggish sales of emergency supplies in Brevard County, despite special displays and endcaps. The area experienced its last hurricane in 2004.
Only 30 of the 59 shutter contractors listed with the county tax collector in 2008 are still in business, the media outlet reported. Owners reported that homeowners are choosing to refurbish their current shutters, instead of replacing them, or purchase shutter hardware and do the work themselves.
New Lowe’s prompts soul searching in SF
Construction has begun on a new Lowe’s store in San Francisco, the first home improvement retail warehouse to be located within city limits. Residents are divided over whether the new store — built in a spot Home Depot vacated after battling community groups for more than a decade — is good for the neighborhood.
Valspar launches Hi-Def color system
Chicago-based paint manufacturer Valspar announced the launch of Valspar Signature Colors with Hi-DEF Advanced Color System.
The new system, available exclusively at Lowe’s, boasts a high hide formula, which will cover most old colors in one coating. It also features extreme color saturation, providing what Valspar calls “true to chip” accuracy. The company said the new technology makes Valspar’s more than 3,000 colors “the truest colors possible and are more vibrant and richer than ever before,” according to the release.
“People tell us that what they want most in a paint is a product that hides the old color quickly and easily, and matches the color on the chip,” said Howard Heckes, SVP of Valspar’s Consumer Division. “Valspar Hi-DEF Advanced Color System delivers that and much more. It not only maximizes coverage, but also glides on effortlessly, giving a smooth, silky finish. The wide array of color options allow for easy, unlimited decorating opportunities with true, lasting colors.”
The new color system comes in matte, eggshell, satin and semi-gloss finishes and retails for $30.98 to $33.98 and is covered by a lifetime guarantee.