ST. LOUIS ( -- While snow on the roads causes a headache for many, it’s a business for New Market Hardware store manager Tom Lucks.

Hardware Store Snow Prep

“The revenue is terrific. The more bad weather we get the more money we actually make and it’s not only us but many of the hardware stores in St. Louis, especially the salt vendors,” Lucks told News 4. “A five inch or more snowfall usually generates about $10,000. And that’s profit. That’s after cost and everything.”

Lucks said most people wait until the last minute to prepare for winter weather. He said it’s his job to make sure he has enough supplies in stock. A few years ago, he said he drove to Kansas City to buy more salt when he ran out.

“It’s such good money you have to do what you’ve got to do. You have to sell it to the public. I hate to tell people we’re out of it."

Lucks also sells ice melt to businesses, colleges and hospitals. He has a storage space on the side of his store that holds 250 bags of ice melt. He predicted all of those bags would sell out by tomorrow.

In terms of essentials, Lucks said you should have a shovel and ice melt next to your door. He said people tend to forget to buy deicer and scrapers.

“People come out in the morning and their windshield is iced over and they don’t have any deicer. They don’t have a scraper, their locks might be frozen, it happens all the time.”

Copyright 2019 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.