Snowstorm paying off for local businesses

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Two weeks of winter storms and more than 20 inches of snow are paying off for at least some local businesses.

Manager Robert Benavidez at Burns Hardware Do it Center said his store got a truckload of new snow shovels, sand and ice melt on Jan. 31 and sold out by noon the next day.

Tuesday, Lowe’s Ace Hardware Manager Jim Mahan said his store has had to restock the same items.

“With the way the weather has been acting you can never tell what it is going to do,” said Mahan.

Meteorologist Earl Breon at National Weather Service in Albuquerque said 1 to 3 inches of snow fell on the area Monday. The accumulations were in addition to 20 inches of snow that dropped on Quay County from two storm systems that hit on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, according to the weather service.

Benavidez said keeping up with the demand for the items has become harder due to a shortage in the company warehouse.

“The storms that struck us moved on to the east cost (and) has produced a major demand for these items,” Benavidez said.

There is a 20 percent chance of snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Breon said, adding “We are not looking for any major accumulations of snow.”