SANDY – Business owners in Utah say a new round of shortages is expected due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, which means that supplies of swimming pools, hot dogs and even fireworks could be difficult to find in the coming weeks.
Some pool supply companies have told KSL that chlorine, pumps and other needs are already in short supply.
A number of fireworks vendors have expressed concern that they will get what they need in time for the fourth of July.
It was a huge holiday in 2020. You probably remember the sky shining everywhere in Utah.
Salesman Matt Shaddle said: “Last year was a record year for fireworks in terms of how many of them went retail.”
He runs a Black Cat fireworks stand in Sandy. He said these large sales, combined with production delays due to the pandemic, were starting to cause some problems.
“I was on needles here until a month ago,” he said.
He said it looks like he will have what he needs in time for the Fourth, but not everyone is so lucky.
“I have no idea when it will get this far,” said Douglas Gordon, who owns the fireworks in the Utah Grand Final.
He said his transport container, which will also serve as a showcase, is stuck in the Wuhan area.
“The factories are about 1,200 miles from Shanghai,” he explained. Once the container leaves China, it will get stuck in a new delay in California.
“They’re backed up in Los Angeles for unloading, so I don’t know exactly how soon they’ll be here. Maybe they’ll be here before July 4th, maybe July 24. I don’t know,” Gordon added.
This has caused a lot of uncertainty for the business, which depends on our July holidays.
“I’m on the stock list this year, so I have very little choice. So I really need my fireworks this year to be able to repay my loan,” he said.
Some vendors said they would be fine, so not everyone was in the same boat.
Consumers with added delay can find much less supply, which will mean more demand and higher prices.
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