Winter worries fuel brisk generator sales in Oklahoma

BY PAULA BURKES Modified: January 28, 2010 at 1:29 am •  Published: January 28, 2010

pending on size, generators cost from $350 to $1,000, he said.

"Folks are pouring in from everywhere looking at them,” he said.

By 6 p.m., Steve’s largest store at 8100 S Santa Fe had sold all but one of its 50 generators, assistant manager Rick Trybulski said. The remaining unit is a reconditioned 6.25-kilowatt Yamaha generator, priced at $1,100.

Central Power Equipment in Warr Acres had only about a dozen generators left early Wednesday, co-owner Chris Montgomery said. Since Tuesday, he’d sold 75.

"It’s been a lot of fun; we like it,” Montgomery said. "The more weathermen scare people, the more we sell.”

O'Connors Lawn and Garden, 2244 NW 140, has sold the 100 generators it had in stock, Sean O’Connor said. But more than 100 customers have prepaid for one of about 650 generators O’Connor is having trucked in from Dallas, Louisiana and Chicago by today.

"We’re trying to get them all here by 10 Thursday morning,” O’Connor said.

Generators Available in Oklahoma City at O'Connor's O'Connor's Lawn Mowers & Garden Supplies Website

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