88 Ace Hardwares Now Sell Zombie-Fighting Gear

Get your chainsaws, shovels, and deadbolts here
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2011 4:20 PM CDT

With Halloween on its way, it's important to protect your home from a potential zombie attack—but it can be tough to find the proper supplies. Fortunately, a hardware chain with 88 shops in the Midwest and Southwest now covers all your zombie needs. As of last week, Westlake Ace Hardware now boasts a Zombie Preparedness Center, where you can buy anything from chainsaws to zombie-proof door locks. "If we can help you with your lawn and your home, we can help you with the zombie apocalypse," says a customer relations head.

Westlake was skeptical when an advertising agency first suggested the idea. But the team convinced the store that zombies are very in, and the decision seems to be paying off, the Omaha World-Herald reports: Web traffic was up 17% last week, and its number of Facebook fans has jumped. An entire section of Westlake's website now provides guidance on dealing with the zombie threat, with answers to questions like: "The smell of my zombie neighbor is seeping into my home. What can I do?" (More zombies stories.)

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