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Snow Business: Supermarkets, Hardware Stores Brace For Blizzard

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BOSTON (CBS) – There’s no business like snow business.

Throughout the region lines are forming at hardware stores, supermarkets and liquor stores as people get what they consider the “essentials” for weathering a snow storm.

With the latest forecasts calling for over a foot of snow in many places, people may be hunkered down for 48 hours.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports from the liquor store

At supermarkets in Newton, some people are grabbing the milk and bread while others take a different approach.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports from the supermarket

“Celebration roll because it’s my wife’s birthday,” one man told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic.

Another woman said she was stalking up on canned soup.

Others are going for the basics – milk, eggs and bread.

Experts say canned goods that won’t go bad are best to have on hand during a storm.

In Belmont, The Spirited Gourmet started seeing crowds Wednesday.

“It already started,” Meghan, who helps runs the store, said. “Mostly wine yesterday (Wednesday) but it will get faster today with the pace of what they grab.”

But what people grab may surprise you.

“They definitely head to the beer and wine and then the next thing is cheese and bacon,” she said. “And Bloody Mary mixes.”

At Model Ace Hardware in Allston, the garden hoses are relegated to the corner while snow supplies take over.

Bob Webber says the store is busiest in September when apartment leases turn over.

But they hit a slump every mild winter.

This weekend— 10 people will be working each day to cover the demand.

The small business is even delivering orders ahead of the storm.

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