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Batteries remain hot items for Oklahoma City shoppers

BY DEBBIE BLOSSOM Modified: January 29, 2010 at 8:11 am •  Published: January 29, 2010

After the rush to purchase generators, flashlights and other gadgets to weather the state’s latest winter blast, the batteries to power them might be hard to find.

But retailer Brandon Boozer said he has a never-ending supply, and he’ll keep his three Oklahoma City Batteries Plus stores open to sell them as long as customers keep walking in the door.

"We want to make sure we have what people need when they need it,” Boozer said early Thursday afternoon, after a busy Wednesday helping customers prepare for the city’s latest round of ice and snow. And like many residents who still remember the crippling ice storm in 2007, Boozer hasn’t forgotten what people need when the power goes out.

During that devastating ice storm, his stores didn’t run out of stock, and to repeat that effort, three pallets of additional inventory are headed from the store’s home base in Wisconsin.

Boozer said the biggest demand has been for flashlights and flashlight batteries, lanterns and generator batteries. Severe weather coverage Know it: Winter Survival

Generators selling out
Generators, a hot item for residents bracing for the winter storm, could hardly remain in stock at many retailers.

But several promised fresh supplies as new shipments were trucked in.

North Carolina-based Lowe’s is trucking emergency shipments of generators directly to stores in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, spokeswoman Sarah-Frances Wallace said. Depending on road conditions, trucks were expected to arrive by Thursday night or early today, Wallace said. Each truck is carrying about 230 generators, which will be split among area stores, she said.

In less than four hours Thursday morning, the Home Depot in Norman sold more than 25 generators at $799 each.

From staff reports

There are three Batteries Plus locations in the Oklahoma City metro area:

→6315 N May Ave.

→7500 S Santa Fe, Suite 200

→1601 S Broadway, Edmond


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