Appliance, furniture stores see spike in business after flood

Appliance, furniture stores see spike in business after flood

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Business is booming for local furniture and appliance stores as people try to replace items that were lost during the flooding, but can they keep up?

Stanton's Appliance Center on Choctaw Drive considers itself a small shop. That's why they say it has been so hard to meet the demand of customers following the recent flooding.

Sales manager Ty Moore said they're selling twice as many appliances as they usually do.

"We take as much as we can, as often as we can. But it's just the way we get inventory isn't as easy as that. So it's been a little, probably a little more difficult for us than a typical retail shop," Moore said.

Moore said the most popular items have been washers and dryers.

"After gutting a house all day in the heat, you at least want to have some clean clothes to wear after that shower if you're lucky enough to get one of those" Moore said.

Managers at American Factory Direct Furniture on Airline Highway said they have seen a similar spike in business. They say most customers need mattresses, chairs, and couches.

"Initially people are just looking, they need things to lay on, they need things to sit on, and you know we are seeing more of the upholstered bedding sales that have had an upswing initially," said operations manager David Comeaux.

There is another American Factory Direct outside of New Orleans, and they went through a similar sales increase after Hurricane Katrina.

Based on what they went through then, Comeaux believes this will last for a while.

"We're expecting business to be pretty busy for a long period of time. With Katrina we saw business really busy for about a year, and I think we'll probably see the same, similar pattern," Comeaux said.

The manager at Stanton's also said that refrigerators have been selling quickly. So that is an item customers may want to take care of sooner rather than later.

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