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Florida's Condom Depot wrapped inventory in plastic to be safe during Hurricane Irma

Condom Depot in Clearwater is keeping up with orders.

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Condom Depot in Clearwater is keeping up with orders.

CLEARWATER — They had to borrow generators, but Hurricane Irma didn't stop the staff from filling orders at local contraceptive supplier Condom Depot.

In the days before the storm, the staff wrapped inventory in plastic to be safe, said Alex Barba, a spokesman for the company.

"Our warehouse held up fine. Other than a loss of power, there was no structural damage," Barba said.

The company ships novelties and condoms to the Tampa Bay region and around the world. Barba said the company is working through a backlog of several hundred online orders with help from a generator borrowed from Wesley Chapel Toyota and using a cellphone hot spot in place of its Internet connection.

Condom Depot is owned and operated by John Fidi, who started the business in 1996.

Happy as he was to see his inventory safe, Fidi was mainly concerned about the watercraft he stored for safekeeping in the company warehouse, Barba said.

"He said, 'As long as my boats are fine.' "

Contact Jonathan Capriel at jcapriel@tampabay.com.

Florida's Condom Depot wrapped inventory in plastic to be safe during Hurricane Irma 09/13/17 [Last modified: Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:21pm]
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