Clothes shops in Houston are bracing for the possibility of losing the last of their inventory.
The city is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, which forced thousands of evacuees from their homes.
And that means many retailers are going to be hard-pressed to sell items that have been in stock for months.
In fact, the number of clothing stores in Houston has fallen from nearly 2,000 to just more than 600 since Hurricane Harvey hit.
The stores that are still open are mostly owned by a handful of independent companies, and they have the ability to sell their waives in the weeks ahead.
That includes stores like Nordstrom, which closed its doors for a time in October after being sold off by its parent company to a private equity firm.
Nordstrom has now reopened in its entirety, but it has struggled to sell its waives, especially for women.
A spokesperson for the store said it is still trying to work out what it will do.
“It’s been a really tough sell,” the spokesperson said.
There are a few retailers that have had a harder time selling items. “
I think people are feeling a little bit more optimistic now that we’ve reopened.”
There are a few retailers that have had a harder time selling items.
There are many people who are looking for items they need for their own personal use.
And those items can be quite expensive.
For example, a dress that would cost around $150 to make and sell can now cost more than $2,000.
Some stores that have a lot inventory may not have enough inventory to offer the items that people want.
For those that do, they may be able to sell some of their waiving in the next few days.
In addition to the clothing stores, there are also many other small businesses that are closing up shop, according to Lauren T. Hensley, senior director of corporate strategy for the National Retail Federation.
The NREF says that the majority of businesses that closed are small and medium-sized businesses.
That means those that are part of larger businesses may have limited inventory that is sold off.
“A lot of small businesses are having difficulty selling their wais,” Hens.
Hinsley says the situation is similar in other sectors.
“In the energy sector, a lot smaller, smaller retailers are having trouble selling,” she said.
Tressa, a clothing store in Houston, says that it’s difficult to sell any items that are not from their original source.
“People are looking to buy from their own brand or a specific item that they have that they can carry,” said the store owner.
“So we are having a tough time selling those.”
Hens says that while many stores may have to close, there is still hope.
“There’s still some room for businesses to open up,” she says.
“And we are optimistic about that.
Hins says that in the meantime, she and other local business owners are trying to sell as much inventory as possible, even if that means they’re losing money. “
If we are able to come back together as a community, then we will be in a position to make good on our promises to people.”
Hins says that in the meantime, she and other local business owners are trying to sell as much inventory as possible, even if that means they’re losing money.
“Every day that we have to sell is another day that I’m going to have to get up and go to work and go on vacation,” she told The Hill.
“That’s just not going to happen.”