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Hot weather leads to rush for anything that cools

PRESCOTT VALLEY– Paul Juergens is still amazed with the fan and air conditioner sales his store had this past weekend.

Juergens, manager at the Ace Valley Home Center in Prescott Valley, said last weekend was one of the craziest fan and air conditioner sales weekends he has seen in his 10-years with the store.

“We sold out of everything involved with cooling your house,” he said. “Anything to move the air is what people want.”

Although he didn’t have any sales numbers available, Juergens said all types of fans including ceiling and box fans also sold very well.

Unlike other retailers, Juergens pointed out his store has the luxury of replenishing stock from their huge warehouse also in Prescott Valley.

Other stores in the tri-cities area also saw a run on fans and air conditioning units.

“The heat wave really hit us,” said Joel Petersen, “I’ll tell you.”

Petersen, store director of the Wal-Mart on Highway 69 in Prescott, said his store sold more than 180 air conditioners, swamp coolers and portable air conditioning units this past Thursday and Friday.

According to Petersen, his store sold more than 300 fans last Thursday through Saturday.

Petersen said they still have some small window-mounted air conditioning units and he hopes the store will receive additional stock sometime this week.

“We were prepared for it (run on air conditioners),” he said. “But not anything of that amount.”

Suzanne Springer, co-owner of Prescott True Value Hardware, said sales were brisk at their store.

“We have been very busy with fan sales and air conditioner sales,” she said.

Springer said they sold more this month than any other month in the past two years. She said they’ve already sold roughly 25 to 30 air conditioners and swamp coolers this month.

According to Springer, the store is expected to receive another shipment

this week.

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