Stores scramble to stock shelves with road salt

Road salt has been a hot commodity in the wake of the ice storm

It looks like you might still have a hard time finding road salt if you need any to throw down on the front steps as the temperature drops.

Newstalk 1010 called around to a handful of stores today and the majority don't have any salt on the shelves at all.

A Home Depot at Keele and St. Clair was out of stock, as well as a Wal-Mart at Pharmacy and Eglinton, a Rona and Sheppard and Willowdale, a Canadian Tire at Mavis and Dundas in Mississauga, and a Home Hardware at Eglinton and Bayview.

Of the six stores we called, only one, a Loblaws at Queens Quay and Jarvis, told us they had road salt.

Canadian Tire said some locations do have salt on the shelves but it's best to call before to check.

"Our salt partners are working around the clock to ensure stores return to their regular inventory levels as soon as possible," says the company in a statement sent to Newstalk 1010.

Malcom Firkser, owner of a Home Hardware at Bayview and Eglinton said he expected to get a few hundred bags in on Tuesday morning. Other retailers hope to get additional stock over the next few days and some don't think more salt will come in until next week.

"I'm scrabling to try and get salt from any supplier I can," he told Newstalk 1010. "It's a complete salt shortage. Suppliers just couldn't keep up and they're trying to work it through the system. Some small suppliers are getting salt in by the truckload very quickly but it's going out as soon as it comes in."

"Everyone is in the same posistion," said Firkser. "There's no retailer I know small or large that can lay their hands on salt at this point."

For anyone that needs salt but can't get it, he recommends buying some sand to lay down on sidewalks and front steps. It won't melt the ice but does provide some traction. Firkser says table softener salt will also work.

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