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Retailers open for snow storm essentials

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Even with driving restrictions in place today, many people still ventured out there, whether it was to find parts for a broken heater or to fill a prescription. FOX 28's Faran Fronczak went out on a mission to find out what was still open during this deep freeze.

Cami Shaffer had surgery Monday morning, and she had to make a pit stop at her local Walgreens on her way home. "Well I've lived here my entire life, so yeah, I've experienced cold like this before," she says. "I just had surgery this morning, so I had to pick up some chicken soup and some medication." Known for being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, the Goshen Walgreens has had it's share of snow storm shoppers.

Manager Kipp Barhydt says, "Shoppers were picking up essentials, whether its flashlights, batteries. Your canned foods, bread, milk, eggs, those types of items. Most of them have been in to get prescriptions though."

Only 4 employees were on staff Monday. Barhydt says the recent holiday rush left the store with unfinished business, and light crowds allowed them to do that. "It' giving us a great opportunity to get caught up on a lot of the smaller things that we needed to do," he says.

The Granger ACE Hardware Manager Matthew Moore had the option to open his doors today. "Back in '78, when my father-in-law put on snow shoes and walked a couple miles to open the store and was open all day," says Moore.

Although he didn't walk to work like his father-in-law, the Granger business still practices that same value today. As a family, they say they've always felt is was their community duty and responsibility to be there for the community in time of crisis and in times of need. None of Moore's employees were forced to work today. In fact if they lived too far away, they were told to stay home.

Moore says he's had people stop in, from customers buying snow blowers, to fixing broken heaters. He says, "I got a call last night about somebody's furnace going out and they needed torpedo heaters. So the difference on this one is the temperature and the really low temps." So far, the Granger ACE Hardware has sold 30 snow blowers since Friday.

Moore says even though the customers walk in hurting from the freezing temperatures, customers are happy to be there and see the "open" sign turned on. "We've gotten pretty good reaction saying, 'Thank goodness you guys are open,'" says Moore.

Authorities say it's best to stay inside if you can; however, if you have an urgent situation and you need to find an open store, make sure to call first.

Both the ACE Hardware in Granger and the Walgreens in Goshen plan to be open Tuesday.

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