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Hardware, grocery stores get ready for snow

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Snow is expected to start moving in later tonight, and hardware and grocery stores in Wilmington are ready to sell necessary snow supplies.

Stevens Hardware off Market Street is stocked with salt, shovels and firewood. Store owner Andy Stevens says salt is the biggest demand among customers when snow is expected. He says they will remain open after hours today and tomorrow if needed.

"Probably open up an hour earlier or so tomorrow morning and be here in case anybody needs anything," Stevens said. "It's funny how the drivers get around Wilmington when it snows 'cause we hardly get snow ever."

Stevens suggests getting the supplies you need before the snow comes so you don't have to drive to the store in snowy conditions.

Weather like this often means long lines at the grocery store, but things were calm at the Harris Teeter at Long Leaf Mall in Wilmington this morning.

It is common that when snow is predicted people will rush out to stores to purchase milk and bread and other staples. It is important to be prepared with necessities, but one shopper said some folks usually go too far.

"When there's a snow coming the stores start to get cleared out," Pearl Gilmore said. "People start running and hiding it's going to be a blizzard and it's only one to two inches on there."

Harris Teeter is ready for the influx of shoppers in all areas except for firewood. The store manager their stock was shipped to Washington, DC, to handle the demand during all the snow up there the last few weeks.

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