Tropical Storm Harvey shuttered grocery stores throughout the Houston area, and many stores that were able to stay open struggled with long lines and empty shelves.
But as the storm began to recede and the massive recovery effort got underway, many stores were reopening, according to company websites and media reports.
As of Aug. 30, 106 of Walmart’s stores in the Houston area— including Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Sam’s Club and Neighborhood Market banner stores — were open, according to the company’s website.
By Aug. 30, 91 Kroger stores — about 80 percent of the chain’s Houston total — were open, according to the company’s website. The company’s distribution center in Houston also was back in operation, according to a story on BuzzFeed News, and trucks were delivering goods from other Kroger distribution centers to help replenish Houston area stores.
As of Aug. 29, 60 H-E-B stores in the Houston area were open, according to a story in the Houston Business Journal. And stores that didn’t have power were using backup generators and natural gas-powered microgrids.
As of Aug. 31, 20 Aldi stores had yet to reopen, according to the company’s website. The chain has about 33 in the Houston area.
Target initially closed 30 stores affected by Harvey, but by Aug. 30, all but four had reopened, according to the company’s website.