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With area temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Thursday and forecasts calling for readings in the 90s through much of the next seven days, area residents are beating a path to local retailers in search of some cool relief.
"Air conditioners have been selling real well," said Dave Long, general manager of Menards in Oregon. "They've been doing real well at all three of our stores in town."
Menards has been replenishing its inventory regularly, he said, although heavy demand has caused some models to dwindle in numbers.
"People are buying swimming pools too," Mr. Long said. "They're buying the small ones, above-grounds, inflatables, all types.
"Right now we've got good stock levels, but it's hard to say what will happen by next week," he added.
The story was similar at Appliance Center in Maumee and The Andersons on Talmadge Road in Toledo.
Kenny Wanemacher, a manager at Appliance Center, said air-conditioner sales were brisk, but inventory was plentiful.
"I would say sales are a little above and beyond what we normally have this time of year, but we are well stocked," Mr. Wanemacher said. "We are selling every type of model, including portables and through-the-window units."
The heat also has spurred refrigerator sales, Mr. Wanemacher added.
"I think the heat is causing some refrigerators to burn out, and we're getting a lot of people needing replacements," he said. "Fortunately, we do same-day delivery and people want that, especially with a dead refrigerator."
Jeremy Givens, assistant manager at The Andersons, said air conditioners and fans were huge sellers on Thursday and Friday. But people are seeking any way to beat the heat, leading to strong sales of pool chemicals, an indication that pools are in heavy use locally, he said.
Jackie Zervos, manager of Splash Bay Waterpark , located in the Holiday Inn in Maumee, confirmed that business was brisk Thursday and Friday. "We have been busier than normal days in the summer," she said. Fortunately, "It hasn't been too crowded. We have a large capacity and haven't had to limit the numbers we let in," Ms. Zervos added.
One group of workers helping people beat the heat are the eight air-conditioning repairmen at Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning of Holland.
The company received about 56 service calls Friday and numerous calls Thursday afternoon, dispatcher Beverly Warner said.
"During the day Thursday, it was not bad. But once people got home and found their air conditioning wasn't working, we started getting the calls," she said. "Then [Friday], we got a second wave of calls. It's been quite busy."
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