FRAMINGHAM — While many in Massachusetts enjoyed the warmth Friday, an early spring means bad news for some businesses — especially those looking ahead to a cold, snowy winter.
Robinsons Hardware owner Jeff Underwood says the lack of snow has been extremely difficult for his winter business.
“We probably have 150 snow blowers inside this building,” he said.
Normally, most of them would be sold by now, but instead he has boxes of them.
“Anything that has to do with winter — melting ice, shoveling … anybody in this business, we talk to each other, we’re all in the same boat.”
Most plows are also dormant this season.
Plow driver Edilberto Trindade of Metzker Landscape says he only plowed once the entire winter season and actually took the plow off his truck.
“We’ve been waiting for snowstorms,” he said. “With the snow not appearing, the income is very short.”
He keeps busy with tree trimming and other landscaping tasks, but the main source of winter income from his customers is nowhere to be found.
“It’s been very frustrating because we depend on the snow especially because it’s seasonal,” Trindade said.
But both men know how quickly winter can return to New England.
“I’m pretty sure it’s not over,” Underwood said.
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