“People are excited this winter” Walther said. “If you’re going to live in Northwest Ohio, you should find a way to enjoy winter”
All indications are snowmobilers have found that outlet.
Business has increased this year about 30 percent, Walther said.
The popular Arctic Cat snowmobiles have sold out, so American Powersports is looking to Pennsylvania and Michigan to find items for customers. American Powersports still has other snowmobiles in stock.
When retailers place their orders for snowmobiles in March, they have to guess what the upcoming winter will bring.
“Who knows how many we could have sold” Walther said.
Usually, when the previous year’s winter had good snow, the following winter people are thinking about snowmobiles. Next year should be a great year at American Powersports.
Walther said much of his store’s clothing and accessories are selling out regularly, and their service department is busy assisting the owners of older snowmobiles.
“They may not have ridden in five years” Walther said. “They’re bringing it in asking, ‘Can you get it running?’”
The answer is usually, “Yes”
For retailers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, meanwhile, winter snowstorms pile cash in their registers.
Managers at those stores have said this winter has been crazy, with customers stopping in for winter items. Snowblowers, shovels and salt are flying off the shelves.
Hirt, whose family owns Bill’s Implement Sales, also benefits financially from the snow. They sell snowblowers and blades that are installed on lawn tractors, allowing them to plow snow.
“Our sales have been great this year” Hirt said. “We’re down to one snowblower left. I’m loving this winter”