A lot of people are asking about generators, but the store has never stocked them, he said.
Zegeer said he received a shipment of supplies Monday evening from a warehouse in Cleveland, Ohio, and was hoping to receive another shipment Tuesday night.
The situation was similar across town at Pile Hardware at 1625 Washington St. W.
"We've sold out of kerosene heaters. We've sold out all of the propane fuel we had," said Bill Pile, owner of the West Side store.
"What's selling really good: lamp oil and lamps, bulk kerosene, which we sell, and most anything that will make heat."
The store still has flashlights but "not a whole lot of lanterns," Pile said. "We still have a good bit of batteries."
As for generators? Better luck next time.
"We're out of generators and don't hope to get any more in real quick. We got online last Thursday and Friday to try to reserve some more from our supplier in Richmond, Va., but apparently some East Coast dealers anticipated the storm ahead of us because the stuff was already gone. We'll try to get more, but I wouldn't want anyone holding their breath.
"I can tell you it is a good day to be in the generator service business," said Pile, who repairs and services lots of generators.
It's already time to restock at Spring Hill Hardware Co., 409 Chestnut St. S.W.
Kelly Francis, owner of the store in the Spring Hill neighborhood of South Charleston, said he and the staff were debating what to do to restock the store.
"We can't get any kind of rush order on anything," he said. The company's supplier is saying that generators and other top-selling items have gone from "in stock" to "zero."
Francis said the staff is discussing whether to get a truck and drive to Kentucky to secure additional supplies or order from suppliers in the Midwest and wait.
"We can't get a straight answer" from suppliers about their inventories because the situation is so dynamic, he said.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.