Texas’ Early Reopening Has Helped Houston’s Retail Sector Recover Faster Than Other Cities

Houston’s brick-and-mortar retail stores were among the hardest hit at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, as public health fears and lockdowns forced owners to temporarily shutter.
Texas allowed businesses to reopen earlier than many other states, and avoided additional lockdown measures throughout the rest of 2020. Retail brokers say that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to fully reopen the state in March this year has boosted Houston’s retail sector even further, which could lead to a particularly tight market by the end of the year.
“I’ve got centers that sat quiet for a year with the Covid situation, and [now] we…

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