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Generator stores flourish during storms

Ramon Nolasco Ramon Nolasco
Mike Ward Mike Ward

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - People on Oahu gear up in anticipation of this storm, while some businesses benefit from the bad weather.

Hundreds of thousands of people on Oahu lost power two weeks ago. As people prepare for another storm, generator stores pull in the dough, with a huge spike in sales.

It's the the sound of power and another sale.

"We have a pretty good inventory right now, but we're running out fast and I hear there's a storm coming, we will probably be out of generators before that storm hits, probably have enough for today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday)," Aloha Power Equipment owner Mike Ward said.

When mother nature makes her presence felt like in last month's storm, businesses like Aloha Power Equipment flourish.

"Feels good especially in these tough economic times, this is like a windfall for us, so we're very thankful that business is good, but we feel for some of the people," Ward said.

He feels remorse for people like Ramon Nolasco who lives on Kualoa Ranch. They have six generators, but that's still not enough.

"We weren't open a hundred percent, the lights were dim, but we got some registers running and we want to get more computers, more registers open," Nolasco said. "I didn't know what I'd find when I came down here."

Nolasco and others found some luck and generators at this store. But ward says it's a challenge in keeping up with the high demand.

"We're trying hard to, we were temporarily out but we did get a shipment in and fortunately we have schedule shipments every week, so we're ok," Ward said.

As of Friday afternoon, only a few generators remain at Ward's store. Another shipment is scheduled to arrive next week.

"We hopefully are prepared from the last one, these will be on hand, we're going to lube them up and gas them up and just be ready," Nolasco said.

Ward says they usually sell on average about 40 generators a month. In the past three days alone, they've sold that amount.

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