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Businesses Prepare For Snow

Snow means many mountain businesses are busy and making adjustments.

Steve McClure isn't just preparing for snow. He runs Four Season's Florist in Waynesville and he's preparing for one of the industry's busiest holidays, Valentine's Day.

But a delivery of snow will arrive first. So it took some careful planning, with a truck full of supplies, to have a shop full of flowers.

"We've gotten all of our roses in. We've processed them and we're pretty much ready to go," said McClure.

But there's still a lot of preparation, so McClure says he and his staff will work all week no matter what the weather.

"If I have to go get my staff in my vehicle, which is 4 wheel drive, I will do that," said McClure.

John Caldwell runs a trucking and excavation business out of the Jonathan Creek Community. But he says it's slow in the winter. So he plows snow from shopping center parking lots and clears driveways from housing developments.

"This could make up 25 percent of what we've got as far a business goes," said Caldwell.

Caldwell is getting his gear ready, including purchasing a new salt spreader. But salt, he says, is hard to find.

"They don't have it anywhere. We're having a real hard time finding rock salt, calcium chloride, ice melt, anything," said Caldwell.

Customers have been keeping Sav-Mor Foods in Canton busy buying up things like bread and milk.

"Yesterday it was a huge day. I guess because people finally realize and they wanted to get all their stuff before the big snow hit," said Kara Chambers.

Back at the flower shop, Steve McClure says he's ready for the sweet smell of Valentine sales.

"We will make it happen," he says. "Even if we have to camp out.

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS

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