Mother Nature's in charge of sales in New Hampshire
Salesman Jeff Taylor shows off a Swiss Grill Zurich Module System outdoor kitchen at Hearth Designs in Hooksett. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
The cool, dreary spring didn't help sales of outdoor grills for John Labbe's Hooksett business but proved a boon for moving his inventory of pellet and wood stoves.
Workers at Goffstown Ace Hardware saw about 10 percent fewer customers than a normal April but about 10 percent more in June.
Cans of paint have replaced pots of plants for many shoppers, she said.
The National Weather Service in Concord documented the dreary weather: 20 days in April and 28 days in May with measurable precipitation.
The bad weather pushed one project back at least a week and put a crimp in his cash flow, said Miminas, owner of True North Contracting. Delays create a ripple effect in scheduling projects, he said.
"If it's hot like the last three days, they slow down" and take more breaks and drink more liquids, Miminas said Thursday. "The customer does get the job done and the workers get paid and I get crunched."
"It's kind of a flip-flop" of seasons, Labbe said.
A Plaistow business called The Greenskeeper Inc., which focuses on fertilizing lawns and installing irrigation systems, saw the spring weather push back its fertilizing routine.
Wade said any improvement in the new housing market helps him.
Wade said his business revenues are 8 to 10 percent higher than last year, a normal year for him.
He figures his business is well positioned.
"The delay in spring, you usually don't make up all the business," Henderson said. "All in all, it was about a wash or about even with last year."
"Despite the fact it's been so hot out (last week), I haven't heard people complaining about it yet," Henderson said. "They're still trying to get projects done while it's still summer time."
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