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Warm weather means early bloom for many businesses

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Spring and businesses around the Cape Fear seem to be in full bloom. Business owners say it’s time to get to work.

With the temperatures in the 70s and, in some cases, the 80s, people say spring arrived with daylight saving. But some local businesses say the hour they lost is not the only thing throwing off their business plan.

“It’s getting the best things first before everyone else gobbles them up, because everyone all over the state and all over the country are getting anxious,” Zone 8 Gardens owner Dick Stinson said. “Some of my suppliers are already running short.”

The warmer temperatures may mean crunch time for some local businesses owners, who say they’re working hard to catch up now that spring and shopping are in full bloom.

“A lot of the stuff that I got in now, I’m probably about three weeks ahead of when I would usually order it and feel safe,” Stinson said.

Although the early arrival means more work, business owners say they think the surge will be worth it in the long run.

“Iit’s actually jump-started our shopping season,” said Catherine Yearwood, owner of Hallelu, a clothing store at Wrightsville Beach. “I think everyone’s so excited to get out and get to the beach.”

Businesses agree they are not worried about spending later. They forecast sunny skies for the entire shopping season.

“I think once it gets warm and sunny everybody wants to be at the beach and wants a new wardrobe and wants new items, so I think it will just boost our sales,” Yearwood said.

They hope the gorgeous weather will keep their customers happy, and that happiness will translate into more business.

“I hope so,” Stinson said. “My bank account could use some good weather.”

In other parts of the country the warm weather has had a bigger impact. Home improvement stores in typically colder areas have reported packing up snow shovels to make room for patio furniture and other spring merchandise.

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