Home improvement stores see rush as warm weather moves in

BRISTOL, Va. - Those suffering from spring fever found relief this weekend.

News 5 discovered many outdoor enthusiasts kick-started the warm weather season at area home improvement stores.

Sunday marked the start of spring projects for Steven and Ruby Scott. "[We're] getting ready for gardening," said Steven Scott.

The Scotts tell News 5 they thought the winter weather roller coaster would never end. "It's been a bad winter," said Steven Scott.

But the worst seems to be over, as highs reached into the 60s and there's no rain in sight; the Scotts and hundreds of other gardeners, grillers, and green thumbs came to Lowes Home Improvement in Bristol, Virginia.

Shane Case, the store manager, says the extra business came as no surprise. "Typically you'll have this kind of weekend when you first have the first break in the weather, a couple of 60s and 65-degree days, people start to come out like they did," said Case.

Case tells us their hottest items have been mulch, fertilizers and grills. He added that several large pallets in their garden center were covered with merchandise Saturday; by Sunday afternoon, they were all empty.

Nationwide, Lowes stores are anticipating higher sales this spring as homeowners make repairs to the damage caused by the snow to driveways and roofs.

As for the Scotts, they just plan to bask in the sun. "Every dry and pretty day that [Steven] can be outside, he is out there," said Ruby Scott.

We checked with home improvement stores across the region, and many of them plan on hiring extra workers for the spring rush.

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