Spring on the minds of Hoosiers, but winter still center stage

Ice melt salt (WISH Photo/ Jason Harris)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Getting ready for the next winter storm has become an all too common experience this year.  But when it’s March, finding those winter storm supplies can be a little tough.

It’s a clear sign that two seasons are stepping on each other’s toes.  At Fusek’s hardware in downtown Indianapolis, you can find potting soil stacked next to what is left of the snow shovels. And, the quickly diminishing pallet of ice melt sits next to the grills.

“This is actually the second pallet that we’ve had in two days right now.  We’re getting another one now.  Just like last week, we went through three or four and are looking to get hit again,” Mike Diltz, who works at Fusek’s said about the ice melt.

For the moment, winter is taking center stage again, even if there’s not much left on the shelves.

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“We’ve run out of salt melt actually at our warehouse.  We’re to the point that we have to go get our own now.  Our company’s not providing, so we’re just bringing it in for the customers to make sure they have what they need,” Diltz told 24-Hour News 8.

The Wessel family is among those getting ready for the next round of heavy snow.  They took one of the few remaining snow shovels off the shelf at Fusek’s and also bought a bag of ice melt.  Tyler Wessel says finding winter supplies right now can be tough.

“It’s easy to see that everyone is trying to stock up on essentials.  (You) Don’t know what it’s going to be (the storm) until it gets here. Until then, get what you can,” Wessel said.

Fusek’s expects the salt and shovel demand to grow even after the snow starts to fall. They are hoping to soon turn their attention to the spring supply. The Wessel family is ready for spring too.

But for now, the salt and shovel gets the attention.  Spring flowers and plantings will have to wait a little while longer.  What retailers don’t want to do right now is over buy winter merchandise. In that case, retailers may have a lot left over when the weather warms, which means they have to store it for an entire year.

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