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Bitter Cold Leaves Zero Space Heaters at Lowe's, Home Depot

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Lowe's and Home Depot both have empty shelves where used to be space heaters, and there's little chance for a restock this winter.

Supply was already short during the first polar vortex a few weeks ago, and some customers were buying the heaters on display.

But on Wednesday, the only heating units available in both stores were pellet burning stoves, and even those were nearly gone.

Supply levels are largely determined based on last year's sales, and Erie has had a couple of milder winters.

Of course, the high demand for the heaters from this unusual bitter cold has also played a role.

"The demand on space heaters has really hit everybody in the industry. I think there's a lot of people who stocked up early in the year when they saw this coming," said Rod Smith, a manager at Home Depot.
 "A lot of people have been coming in, we've been trying to order some in but even our distribution center has been out lately. A lot of the Lowe's are looking for heaters," said Eddie Renchel, a sales representative at Lowe's.

Of course customers can still buy heaters online, but there's the wait factor, and many popular options are out on the web as well. 

But Target's shelves were still well-stocked on Wednesday - perhaps because it's not the first store you'd think of when it comes time to buy a space heater.


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