H-E-B and Walmart are among grocery store chains that have altered their hours of operation and even closed stores altogether.
H-E-B says on its website the grocery store chain has “turned off all non-essential power” to aid efforts to conserve energy. Curbside service and home delivery are also not available at the moment.
While hours are subject to change at any time based on local developments, H-E-B says stores and pharmacies in Stephenville, Burleson, Big Spring, San Angelo, Abilene, Ennis, Corsicana, Midland, Odessa, Waxahachie, Granbury, Cleburne, and Hudson Oaks are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Stores and pharmacies in Belton, Gatesville, Mexia, Waco, Carthage, Crockett, Lufkin, Bryan-College Station, the Golden Triangle area, and the Houston area are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as H-E-B’s Mi Tienda store. Joe V’s Smart Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stores and pharmacies in Central Texas, the Austin area, San Antonio, Temple, Harlin, Harker Heights, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Uvalde, Hondo, Pearsall, Carrizo Springs, and Crystal City will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
However, H-E-B says, “We will continue to assess power outages and other operational issues,” adding that some stores in Central Texas may be closed altogether on Thursday. At least one store in San Antonio, the location on Texas Loop 1604, is closed on Thursday.
Stores and pharmacies in the Victoria area, the Corpus Christi area, and El Campo are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lubbock’s location is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Laredo, Rio Grande Valley, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass locations will have regular hours of operation.
On Thursday, H-E-B’s Central Market stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, San Antonio, Houston, and on Austin’s N. Lamar Boulevard will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Friday, they will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Southlake location and the location on S. Lamar Boulevard in Austin will be closed, and a decision has not yet been made for Friday. The hours at Houston’s location on Friday are also to be determined.
Walmart has provided a map on its website detailing store closures and adjusted hours. According to the map, more than 200 stores are closed, most of which are in Texas.
In most areas, Walmart has kept at least one store open. For example, in Tyler, Sam’s Club and the store on S. Southeast Loop 323 is open, while all other locations remain closed.
“The safety of our associates and customers is our top priority. Walmart’s Emergency Operations Center monitors winter storms and other potential disasters in real time,” the grocery store chain said. “We assess the status of our facilities and will continue to operate as long as it is safe to do so. We pay close attention and follow local and/or state guidance.”
The Texas Department of Transportation told the public in a press conference with Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday that 4,500 employees are at work across the state trying to improve the safety of the roads.
The Weather Channel forecasts a high on Friday of 40 degrees and sunny for Dallas, 44 degrees and sunny for Austin, 46 degrees and sunny for Houston, 48 degrees and sunny for San Antonio, and 56 degrees and sunny for Laredo.
All updates are as of the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.