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As weather service alerts began days before the impact of Harvey was felt, disaster-response plans were put into action and many home improvement, discount and grocery store retailers were ready to distribute critical supplies. One of these was local supermarket H-E-B, which drew widespread praise for managing to open 60 of its 83 stores in Houston the Sunday after Harvey slammed into Texas as a Category 4 storm. As the calendar flips over a month since the storm hit land and rebuilding begins, the regional economy could get a jolt. Local experts say that a transitory spike in retail sales and construction that comes after every storm will likely offset some of the immediate economic trouble caused by Harvey, according to NAI Partners. The long-term damage is predominantly limited to housing and convenience-oriented small retail businesses located in neighborhood and strip centers.—Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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