In March when the pandemic started, we were honestly a little concerned of what may happen with our business with all of the shut downs and stay at home orders that were announced across the nation. Our worry quickly turned into a blessing, as we became busier than we have in any recent year. When we realized we were being launched in an upward slingshot at full speed, we knew we had to hang on for the ride! To say we were a little surprised and not fully prepared would be the understatement of the year for us all, wouldn’t it?
Here’s a quick recap of 2020 at Aqua Palace :
*Hot Tub leads times went from 3-4 weeks to 4 months by end of April and have continued to elongate in lead time. Current hot tub lead times are still 6-12+ months out. We have orders placed and more shipments of spas that will be arriving in every month in 2021! If you are looking to get into a spa, make sure to get yours selected soon as our truckloads are pre-selling before they even arrive!
*Aboveground Pool manufactures were completely out of pool inventory by the first of July. We will be restocked and so will the manufacture for Spring 2021! Get a Layaway started on your perfect pool NOW and SAVE BIG! There are no additional fees for our layaway program!
*Inground Pools have been booked at a record pace and we are completely booked for the 2021 Pool Building season! If you are looking to have a custom designed, high quality inground pool installed, it's not too early to begin the planning stages and get on our 2022 schedule.
*Sauna lead times went from instock to 6+ month lead times. They are currently 10+ months (however we do still have several instock) and more on order! If you are looking for a sauna, stop by soon and select yours so we can get your name put on one!
How we are preparing for 2021
We have upped our inventory capacity to accommodate the additional supply that will be needed for the upcoming season with the anticipated demand. We were fortunate that we were well stocked at the beginning of 2020 as we always are, however we did not expect supply & demand to be as high as it was! They are predicting 2021 to be similar, with more people staying close to home and vacationing in their own backyards due to travel being riskier and more cumbersome. Due to hurricanes hitting a major chlorine facility, high demand and some unfortunate warehouse fires – a chlorine shortage has already occurred and will be prevalent through 2021 as well. Rest assured, we have anticipated this and will be staying on top of things to supply all of our customers. Due to raw material costs, they are predicting a pretty big increase in many manufactured products, affecting many industries, including the pool & spa industry. We are working hard to fill our warehouse with all of the products you may need next year, at the best prices for you!
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We are always here for our loyal customers – if there is anything we can do to make this unprecedented time a little easier for you to enjoy your swimming pool or hot tub, please let us know! It has been a long year in so many ways for ALL of us, but we are making it so keep hanging in there.
As always, we are so grateful for every one of our customers and appreciate you allowing our family to assist you with your pool & spa needs each and every year and especially during this complicated year. It warms our heart to hear how our products have provided hours upon hours of enjoyment and entertainment this year, in the midst of some wild and unpredicting times.
We wish all of our customers a Happy & Healthy New Year in 2021!
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