Business is booming at a local hardware store due to all the snow storms this winter.
O'Hara True Value Hardware in Ottumwa sells lots of winter items, including snow blowers, shovels and salt. Hats, coats and gloves have also been hot commodities this time of year. According to salesman Rick Morris the store's top-seller Monday was Ice Melt. He says customers have been purchasing Ice Melt in bulk all winter long. Oâ??Hara started running out of shovels Monday, but they expect another shipment at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
â??It's been a rough winter, so we've pretty much done winter things all winter long,â?? Morris said. We've had some coats, snow shovels, and just about everything's been going strong this year in the winter projects.â??As one of the only hardware stores in Ottumwa, it gets tons of business year round. Employees say they're already gearing up for spring. Morris says grass seed and flowers are the top-sellers during that season.