Texans Needed Food and Comfort After a Brutal Storm. As Usual, They Found It at H-E-B.

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Gina Loera, 61, rode her bike to a retailer close to downtown in San Antonio together with her canine, Sandy, driving alongside in a basket sporting sun shades. “It’s a Texas institution,” she stated.

Her husband, she stated, works in an H-E-B warehouse, loading vehicles. “They do a lot for people here in Texas,” Ms. Loera stated. “They are good to their employees, too — good raises, good health care. They have their own doctors, too. Their own clinics here in town.”

Brock Sol stated he was drawn to the shop by the costs. “I’m homeless so it’s tough to find things cheap to eat,” Mr. Sol, 43, stated. “We’ve got to buy things easy to open, a lot of pop tops. I don’t like going to convenience stores because they are so expensive.”

Still, restocking after the storm has been robust.

“You had to come early and come again and again,” Robert Diaz, 64, stated after leaving a retailer. “They keep stocking the store as soon as the trucks came in. People took everything.”

The cabinets in lots of shops had been gentle on stock, if not completely naked, particularly for water. In a retailer full of prospects within the Las Palmas neighborhood of San Antonio, notices warned folks may solely take two gallons of water. “Limits are temporary and necessary for you and your neighbors to find the products you need,” a signal stated.

Lala Bayramov confirmed up at the shop in a determined seek for a cake for her son’s first birthday. “Right now, I’m just looking for any cake,” she stated as she walked in from the car parking zone.

A couple of minutes later, she walked out with one. It was small and plain, with simply white frosting. But it was precisely what she wanted.

David Montgomery reported from Austin, Rick Rojas from Nashville, and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio from San Antonio. James Dobbins contributed reporting from San Antonio.

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