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What's hot when it's cold outside

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

SIKESTON -- The first major storm of the winter season left unprepared people emptying the shelves of items such as deicer, ice melts and scrapers.

"Anything to do with the winter weather, it seems like we've run out of rather quickly," said Ron Smotherman, a salesman at Auto Tire and Parts in Sikeston.

Paul Brown, a salesman at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Sikeston, agreed. "We went through 24 cases of deicer in about two hours," he said. That's a total of 576 cans. By noon Monday, no retailers in town had any deicer, he said.

"They're hoarding it," Brown said of customers. "Nobody got just one can -- they got three to five -- and that's what made it go quick."

He expects a new shipment in today. Smotherman wasn't sure when his store would receive more. "Our warehouse is all out," he said. "And we didn't get a truck yesterday because of the weather."

Brown said windshield wiper blades are a "super hot commodity," as well as kitty litter, which people with trucks have purchased to put in the back of pickup trucks to keep traction and help prevent the vehicles from spinning out.

With the slick roads, a lot of people decided to keep in and let services come to them.

"We are getting a lot more delivery orders," said Danny Tetley, owner of Pizza Inn in Sikeston. "We've been busier than average both days."

But safety is more important than business for Tetley -- he closed early on Monday, just after lunch. "I'm not going to take a chance on my drivers getting hurt or wrecking their cars," he said.

And although it's taking a bit longer to get deliveries to customers, with the extra demand and slick roads, people have been understanding.

"We just tell them to be patient, we'll get it there as quick as we can," he said. "If it takes an extra 20 or 30 minutes, they're more than willing to wait."