No Shortage of Gasoline in Simsbury as Sandy Approaches

Generators have sold quickly at Welden Hardware as gas stations seem to be holding their own as Hurricane Sandy approaches the northeast.

There's no shortages of gasoline in Simsbury but generators have been in high demand as Hurricane Sandy approaches the northeast coast.

The Simsbury Pride station on Hopmeadow Street hasn't run out of gasoline even as business picked up over the weekend. Store manager Shabbir Ahmed said he expects to have enough regular unleaded gasoline to last through tonight but may be running low by morning.

"Right now it's slow," Ahmed said. "Tomorrow morning we made need some more."

Other Simsbury gas stations seem to be less busy today than they were over the weekend. On Monday afternoon all Simsbury gas stations reported having plenty of fuel, for now.

It's been a different story at Welden Hardware where owner John Brett and his wife Melissa have been busy since last Thursday when customers began to ask about generators.

A truckload of 200 generators was delivered to Brett on Monday and between Welden Hardware and the couple's other business, Dynamic Power in Burlington, all 200 have already been sold.

Other emergency supplies have also been flying off the shelves as Sandy approaches the northeast.

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"Every single gas can, D and 6-volt battery, lamp oil is almost gone," Brett said.

Brett said the store has been busier than he remembers it being before Hurrican Irene and they don't plan to close early.

"We're going to be here right about until 5:30," Brett said. The store will most likely be open again at 8 a.m on Tuesday and Brett said if they need it, they've got a generator to keep business running.

If you're a business owner and you plan on opening for business on Tuesday, tell us in the comments below and we'll update the Hurricane Sandy Simsbury Information Center.


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