Westlake Ace Hardware stores are promoting tools and household items "zombie repairs" for the walking dead. The chain is also promoting "zombie defense" for the living. The company launched a website in preparation for Halloween.
The "I am human" section offers chain saws, nail guns and drills for zombie defense. A "Me zombie" section includes bolts and fasteners for broken bones, glue and caulk for peeling skin, and deodorizers for decaying flesh.
Alan Kulhanek, general manager for a Lincoln, Neb. store, says he's asked for a zombie display because several customers have walked in over the last week asking to see it.
Westlake has stores in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.