Salt Is Down To Last Grain

Roads, driveways and sidewalks continue to be icy, but the shelves of many local stores are bare.

Those shopping for salt to melt away ice, a product of recent bad weather conditions, will need to hunt for it. The salt stock at many stores is either low or nonexistent due to increased demand.

“People have been calling,” said Patricia Boniey, manager of the 7-Eleven on Market Street in Wheeling.

Last Friday, the store received a shipment of eight 40 pound bags of salt. The store sold out the next day and is waiting for another shipment to arrive. Boniey expects more local residents are searching smaller convenience stores for salt as big-box stores have struggled to maintain supply.

As of Monday, Lowe’s in Wheeling did not have salt in stock. According to a Lowe’s staff member, the home improvement store’s salt supply has been depleted for a while as so many people have come to the store to purchase the item.

Convenient Food Mart on Washington Avenue had one bag of salt left on shelves Monday afternoon. An employee echoed other stores’ claims that things have been busy with shoppers seeking salt over the past weeks.

Meanwhile at Pro Builder Supply in Bridgeport, increased sales of salt have not depleted the store’s supply as of yet.

“It’s been a steady stream (of shoppers),” said Linda Kotlas, store manager.