A severe winter storm closes hundreds of Walmart stores


Ice covers trees and shrubs outside Walmart during extremely cold weather in Cleveland, Mississippi, on February 11, 2021.

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Hundreds of Walmart stores are temporarily closed due to winter weather causing severe ice and power outages in Texas, the Southeast and other parts of the country.

The retailer said 456 stores and clubs are closed at noon on Tuesday. That represents nearly 9% of the more than 5,300 Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations.

Other retailers and restaurants also kept stores closed or sent workers home due to extreme weather. Kroger closed some locations and reduced hours at stores in Houston and Dallas, according to its website. Target kept 10 stores closed due to winter weather, most of them in Texas, a company spokeswoman said.

In Texas, more than 4.2 million people woke up without power on Tuesday as the state’s power grid was unable to meet heat demand during record low temperatures. Cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain are also forecast for many other regions, including New England, the Great Plains and the Mississippi Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

Severe weather has disrupted service at the FedEx hub in Memphis and caused package delays across the United States, the company said. It has prevented pickup and delivery in certain cities, company spokeswoman Shannon Davis said. She said customers can monitor shipments and track local service status on the company’s website.

– CNBC Noah Higgins-Dunn contributed to this story.

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