Even before the snow started falling Wednesday on the Rockwellian main street of Narberth, on the quaint, been-there-forever hardware store called Ricklin’s, Jed Riddell had sold the last of his snow shovels. By the time the storm finished beating up on the village and environs, he was just about out of rock salt.

“Winter has always been a crap shoot in this business,” said Riddell, whose roots at Ricklin’s go back nearly all of his 67 years, to when his father bought the place in 1960.  By then, the store was almost a half-century old.

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