Texas furniture stores dealing with winter storm challenges

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HOUSTON — Furniture stores in many parts of Texas are feeling the impact of an unusually powerful winter storm of freezing temperatures and significant snow and ice accumulations in the state. And those retailers are reaching out to a community now dealing with widespread power losses and water supply issues.

Statewide, retailers have had to close their doors because of lack of power and because it is no longer safe for their employees to travel to work. Ikea has been keeping customers updated on social media, closing and delaying the opening of up to five stores at a time over the course of about a week because of the bad weather conditions.

In Houston, Gallery Furniture closed its store operation after losing power early in the week of Feb. 15, but then opened up two of its three showrooms to offer food, water, shelter and heat to hundreds in

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