Feb 1, 2015 8:01 PM

NH stores prepare for another winter storm


MILFORD - While a blustery, snow-filled January may be frustrating for some, New Hampshire stores are thankful for the business it has started to bring in.

After a relatively mild start to winter, the snow has started to add up - bringing in customers searching for ice melter, shovels and even snow shoes.

One store ready for it all is The County Stores in Milford, where General Manager Rick Arel was busy restocking shelves and bringing items out to customer's cars Sunday.

"It's been pretty crazy - everybody's anticipating another heavy snowfall," Arel said. "Pretty much anything winter related has been sailing out the door."

Arel has been working in the hardware business for nearly 40 years. By now, he's seen a great deal of New Hampshire winters - and knows what his customers are coming in for.

"We sell a lot of snow shoes, we sell ice cleats, we sell winter boots, we sell gloves of all types," he says.

Arel also added that his family-owned store is able to adapt to changing weather a bit quicker than the big-box stores because they don't have corporate policies.

Customers say it's that sense of local-structure that keeps them coming back.

"They're convenient, and they're nice people. We've been coming here for a long time," said Nancy Bartecchi, who stopped by the store to pick up potting soil.

Arel said although items have been going quickly, they are still relatively well-stocked ahead of Monday's storm.


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