LEX 18 Digital: Winter Weather Hurts Sales At Hardware Store

Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 17:21:35-04

LEXINGTON, Ky., (LEX 18) — The owner of a Lexington hardware store says the late winter weather has hurt sales of spring supplies, like gardening tools and grass seed.

Chevy Chase Hardware has been in business for 42 years, said co-owner Bill Edwards. He’s used to the weather affecting his business, he said, but he’s hopeful for warmer weather.

"We’ve already put most everything, snow shovels, sleds and all that away," Edwards said. "It’s just too late in the year and even if you get a big snow like the 8-inch snow we had, everybody knows it’s going to be melted that afternoon and it just doesn’t produce any business at all."

The store is fully stocked with spring supplies but the weather hasn’t been ideal for yard work, he said. It’s been too rainy and cold, so sales haven’t picked up. 

"It’s starting but it is probably a tenth of what it normally would be this time of year," he said. 

He’s hopeful within the next two weeks, the weather will change, and so are customers.

"I’m ready for some warm weather and some spring," said Steve Davis.