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De-icer and salt in short supply at Richmond stores

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As you can imagine, there are a lot of items in high demand and hard to find when snow hits the Richmond area.

It's what some stores don't have that has shoppers driving around the area.

 "Unfortunately we're out of deicer," says Aaron Spencer, the assistant manager at Pleasant's Hardware in Richmond.

In the hours before the area's next big snow storm, NBC12 found some supplies were low at this Lowe's in Chesterfield.

 "Right now we don't have any more snow shovels, we don't have any salt," says Tonya Johnson, an assistant manager. 

Pleasant's Hardware just restocked the shovels 24 hours ago.  The manager says half of that order was snatched up in a short amount of time.

But the list was short for shoppers we ran into.

 "I bought batteries and a new flashlight," says Sarah Ford, a teacher in Richmond.  She says she knows how to fill her time if there's another snow day, watch out kids; it may mean more homework.

"Doing more lessons plans for school trying to make every moment count," she said.

Not being able to track down any salt frustrated some customers, but there is an explanation.

"With the demand with the items in the northeast and the Midwest it's been short supply in this area," says Johnson.

Stores are restocking as quickly as possible.  While NBC12 was at Lowe's, the manager got word of a new shipment of generators and more shovels!

Stores are hoping to get more items in but they're not sure when it will come in.

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