As winter storm Nemo approaches the North Shore, residents of Marblehead are flocking to local grocery and hardware stores to prepare to ride out the blizzard.
Members of the community aren’t just fending for themselves, but for their neighbors as well.
“It’s routine here,” said Jerry Paradee, the store manager of Ace Hardware on Atlantic Avenue. “It’s a close-knit neighborhood here and everybody looks out for each other and tries to help each other out.”
Paradee added that neighbors normally buy supplies for each other when storms are about to hit the coastal town. Residents have been stocking up on things like firewood, icemelt, shovels, ice scrapers, batteries, flashlights, tarps, bungee cords and propane.
Thus far the store has run out of firewood and various shovel models, but is currently re-stocking the shelves. The store will close at its normal time of 6 p.m.
On the other side of town, locals are swarming Crosby’s Marketplace on Washington Street, keeping employees on their feet as they continue to re-stock shelves.
“We’re in complete stock right now, but we’ve been getting trailers in all morning,” said Crosby’s Manager Brian Macintyre. “It’s extremely busy and pretty crazy.”
Marblehead resident Gillian Lynch loaded up on groceries Thursday night, including ingredients for chicken noodle soup. She’s not too worried about the storm, unlike her boyfriend.
“I’m just making sure my cell phone is charged, that sort of thing,” Lynch said. “My boyfriend is more of the doomsday type.”
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