We’re not an enemy.
We’re here to support you, to help.
And we’ll be here all the way through the hurricane, too.
But we can’t wait to get back on the road.
We know the road is long.
Here’s how it begins.
The first day of hurricane season.
The first day in September is a time to reflect on how the hurricane season has gone so far, and how it could be even better.
The second day will offer more information on how to prepare.
As of Saturday, Harvey’s destruction was the worst on record in Texas, surpassing the devastation that occurred in 2004 and 2005.
Harvey’s effects are still being felt, and even though many people are rebuilding, they will not have access to all the resources they need, said Jeff Landon, the chief executive officer of the Greater Houston Partnership, which manages the Greater Greater Houston Area.
We know how important it is to make sure our customers and our stores are safe and secure, Landon said.
“We know we can do better than that,” he said.
More than a million customers have already made plans for the holidays.
On the first day, most stores will open.
But by the second day, some stores will close.
Landon is predicting a steady stream of customers returning to stores after the storm, and more than a billion dollars will be spent by the region in the first three months after Harvey, said Michael Houghton, senior vice president of communications for the Houston Retail Association.
In general, Harvey will not affect retailers.
The average cost of a Harvey-related business will be lower than in previous storms, Londonsays, said.
Some retailers, including Walmart, will offer discounts on food and supplies, Houghonsaid.
But the biggest winners will be consumers, said Tom LeBlanc, executive vice president at the Retail Council of Texas.
The stores that will reopen will be a mixed bag.
For many people, the biggest challenge is dealing with the aftermath.
London said there are about 1,400 grocery stores in the Greater New Orleans area, and many of them are not in good shape.
The Harvey-affected grocery stores have a mixture of people who have never experienced anything like this, and people who want to have that kind of experience, said LeBlanchonsaid, who has been a grocery store manager for more than 25 years.
It’s a mixture that will change over time, he said, but most people will still want to shop.
“It’s not about the stores,” he added.
Harvey has made Houston a hotbed of food production.
Londonsaid says a lot of people in Houston were expecting to see a significant drop in sales.
He said he is not surprised by that.
The floodwaters from Harvey have made the Houston area one of the most productive areas of the country for food production, with more than $30 billion in food sales and $2 billion in output in the city last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The region has become a major food hub, with a major new restaurant opening this summer, and the city has already hosted the Super Bowl, a national sporting event, Lonsaid said.
The local food industry is resilient.
People in Houston are working through this storm and their families are dealing with it, said Jason Brown, executive director of the Houston Food Bank, which helps feed and clothe more than 30,000 low-income people in the region.
He noted that the local restaurants and grocery stores are making great preparations for the storm.
“The grocery stores, for example, are making it more efficient, and they have prepared for the worst,” Brown said.
“But that doesn’t mean the people who live here don’t need help.”
The grocery industry is getting its act together.
Food banks are starting to open, said Brown.
And in the coming weeks, he expects to see the opening of a food pantry and other resources that can help people who need help with grocery bills, he added, such as food stamps.
But Brown also said that people who don’t have the means to shop at home or shop for groceries at the grocery store will need to be prepared to be on the lookout for those who do. 7.
The Houston area is a center for renewable energy.
Energy independence is a top priority for the region, which is home to more than 100 percent of the nation’s solar and wind power, according the Texas Energy Commission.
The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality has already made grants for wind, solar and other renewables projects in the Houston region, said Tim Jones, executive officer for the Texas Power and Light District.
The district has received more than 20 grants for renewable projects in 2017, Jones said.
It is the first time a natural disaster has made landfall in the Gulf