The shelves are empty in High Point before the winter storm; Empty shelves at High Point grocery store, hardware store

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HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) — Shelves are empty at a High Point Food Lion and Southside Hardware ahead of a winter storm that is expected to sweep through the Piedmont Triad over the weekend.

  • Empty shelves at High Point Food Lion
  • Empty shelves at High Point Food Lion

Southside Hardware is out of generators, kerosene heaters, sleds, and ice melters.

They still have ice shovels, batteries and drill bits.

Propane was the big seller today. About 300 sleds were sold and 900 gallons of propane yesterday.

Store officials hope to collect the heaters and generators early next week.

In Greensboro, Daryell Chambers of Sentry Home Mart says all inventory is extremely low. It’s the lowest inventory he’s seen in 48 years in business after receiving only about 50% of product. There are still a few sleds and shovels left at the shop, but batteries and flashlights are running out fast.

Ace Hardware of Kernersville said that while they typically see around 75 to 100 people a day, they currently see between 200 and 300.

Their top sellers are ice melt, sleds, and kerosene heaters in that order, and they’re running out of all winter-related stocks. The store expects to be able to get more ice melt and shovels, but other products are unlikely to be replenished.

Customers tell stores they’re looking for items to make sure their pipes won’t freeze, as well as home improvement and painting supplies to keep busy in the event of potential snow. Some shoppers buy charcoal grills so they can cook while the power is out.

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