LUZERNE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There may not be a more perfect pool day than today. And there may not be a more perfect year for pool sales than now – thanks in large part to the coronavirus crisis.
Even though Kingston Community Pool plans to open, it will do so with restrictions – including limiting it to only Kingston residents.
Once it became clear the pandemic would impact people’s summer plans, many decided to invest in a backyard pool – an investment the likes of which the pool industry hasn’t seen in recent years.
Perhaps nothing conjures up the image of childhood summer fun than splashing around in a pool.
“We couldn’t be happier to have something so wonderful in our backyard to keep the kids busy,” said Anne Schardien – Pool Owner, Duryea.
The Schardiens bought their pool last year never knowing how much it would be at the center of this year’s fun because of the pandemic.
“We had a lot of weekend trips and ideas for little road trips that we had to cancel out or back out on so now we are using our backyard and our pool a lot more than we thought we would,” said Al Schardien.
But if you thought about putting in a pool in your backyard anytime soon, think again.
“We probably would not be able to get a pool started until maybe mid to late August,” said Deb Hritzak – Marketing & Sales, Skovish Pools & Spas.
The demand for pools at businesses like Skovish Pools & Spas isn’t just inground.
“Above ground pools, we’ve probably sold more this season since covid started than we have total in the past three years,” said Hritzak.
The showroom is usually occupied by above ground floor models, but those have already been sold. And demand isn’t just a local phenomenon.
“I do have a lady coming tomorrow all the way from Long Island to pick up a pool because there are no pools to be found in her area, actually across the whole United States right now,” said Hritzak.
Hot tubs are also hot.
“Basically, I’ve pretty much sold my whole showroom inventory,” said Hritzak.
It makes existing pool owners like Joritta Bradford happy they dove into a pool purchase for their children sooner rather than later.
“Having one is very beneficial for her time in this time of need,” said Bradford.
Besides the high demand, the nation’s pool and hot tub supply lessened because manufacturers were idled due to covid business restrictions.
Skovish Pools & Spas doesn’t expect any more above ground pools to be available for sale until the fall.