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ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- From salt and shovels to warm clothing and new tires, the shopping rush is on to get ahead of the snow storm expected in West Michigan Saturday.

Shoppers need winter items, and stores need the business after slower sales so far this month.

The Zeeland Ace Hardware was among stores seeing last-minute shopping.

"It's going to snow tomorrow, so that's why I'm here," said customer Merrick Bacon.

"We've sold quite a bit of salt so far," said assistant manager Nathan Visser.

The hardware store sells 10- and 50-pound bags of salt.

"I bet in the last week, we've sold 20 or 30 of each," said Visser, adding that shoppers have been rushing to buy other items, like shovels and roof rakes, too. "Our first snow storm will be really good for business."

Business is also booming at Belle Tire in Holland Township, where workers have replaced 200 tires since Wednesday.

"Everybody's scrambling to get their winter tires put on, get their vehicles serviced," said manager Steve McCormack.

At the Outpost, sales associates like Mike Devisser say gloves, hats, and winter jackets are moving after the month's slower start. "It was a little slower than it has been in the past, but this burst of snow will help pick that up," Devisser said, adding there have been slower sales for men, more so than for women. "Women are a little quicker to shop and prepare for the snow that's coming, but the guys are coming in; we're seeing more and more everyday."

And while they're out, there are some things the men better not forget. "My wife said I better get up and plow the drive before she goes to work," said Bacon. That's why he's is at Zeeland Ace Hardware, to buy engine oil for his new snowblower.

The managers at Zeeland Ace Hardware say it usually takes more time in the season to sell some winter items, like snowblowers, so they're hoping for some additional rounds of snow in the weeks to come.


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