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Hardware stores thrive during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:28 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 09:31:15-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — During times of uncertainty for many businesses, hardware stores throughout Western New York are thriving.

"We’re very very fortunate,” Paul Leahey, President of Schuele Ace Hardware & Paint said.

Schuele Ace Hardware & Paint opened on Abbot street two years ago and since then Leahey says business has been great. They have even expanded their inventory.

“We actually have dust masks that are gonna be coming in by the end of the week....hand sanitizers," Leahey said. “We try to keep things like disposable gloves...so we’re keeping on top of the items that people want.”

But what about those projects around the house? Doug Wasiura with Valu Home Centers says.. it depends on what that project is.

“You are home and want to get some projects done in your house," Wasiura said. "We’d encourage you to only come out if its essential, but if there are things that you need for your home, we’re here for you.”

Paul Leahey, President of Schuele Ace Hardware & Paint says he’s seen customers come in for all types of projects.

“People are coming in, painting lots of rooms they haven’t been able to get to for year. People are buying a lot of seeds and a lot of things that are earthy that they can do around their house,” he said.

And while it is business as usual for these hardware shops, some of their customer service procedures have changed. Valu Home centers is offering customers at home and curbside delivery on all items. It has also put up plexus glass to keep employees and customers safe.

"People are very very comfortable because we’re able to keep that social distance so its a very comfortable relationship.”

Since these business are seeing an influx of customers, Valu Homes Center is hiring at all locations. Click here for to apply.