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Big Snowfalls Boost Business for Some Stores

Big snow means big business for some places around the Northland. Big snow means big business for some places around the Northland. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: December 12, 2019 04:03 PM

Duluth Lawn and Sport has been a pretty popular place these past few weeks. Ever since that Thanksgiving weekend blizzard, they can barely keep snowblowers in stock. "When we opened the door Tuesday at 9am, there was a line at the front. We sold 30-40 in 10 minutes," Larry Kline told us. He's the John Deere Commercial Salesman.

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"Business has been good. This is the kind of weather we all wait for," he added. "Everything we have, snow removal to toys, has been going out."

He said the crews have stepped up, to handle the extra work. "This is a good start. And it's early. We're not used to having this much, this time of year."

When people are done clearing out, they want to go out and enjoy it. So they gear up at places like Ski Hut. Dave Neustel, the store manager, said, "Snow is very good for business. Compared to winters past. We are really blessed this year with awesome conditions."

After the big blizzard, they still opened up the store that Sunday. Some of their workers skiied in for their shifts!

He said they've found some people are digging out gear from their basements, and realizing they need new stuff.

A few blocks further west, at Great Lakes Gear Exchange, things have ramped up, too. "We had one gentleman come in, and say, ah, the cabin got snowed in. Guess where my snowshoes are. So I gotta buy another pair, to rescue my snowshoes!" laughed Brooke Wetmore.

When we were there, a new skier was checking out her options. "Today, I'm looking at snow boots and skis. Trying to figure out the sizes. I want to go skiing. And it's perfect weather for it, today, why not?" exclaimed Belle Kualey. She's a student at UMD.

She was with Brady Anderson, who started snowboarding last year. "We've gotten a lot of snow. Spirit Mountain has lots of powder, it's fun getting out there."

Great Lakes Gear said they are looking for more snowshoes, as theirs have flown off the shelves. They are also looking for more waxless skis, and anything alpine or Nordic related.

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