DALLAS — Retailers hunkered down from Texas to Tennessee as a winter storm early Monday closed schools and people heeded warnings to stay off of icy roads.
Belk had 38 stores impacted in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, where four stores were shuttered, according to a spokeswoman.
As sleet fell on slick roads early Monday, all public schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area were shut and traffic was extremely light on highways normally thick with commuters.
Charles Teichman made it to his jewelry store, Ylang 23 at the Plaza at Preston Center, to process Web orders.
“The restaurants are open, but no stores [at the Plaza], not even Sprinkles,” Teichman observed. “It’s not a shopping day locally, I can tell you that. At the first burst of winter in Dallas, everyone goes into hibernation.”
Three of Neiman Marcus’ four stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area opened an hour late Monday, and the flagship planned to close an hour early, at 5 p.m., according to Ginger Reeder, vice president of corporate public relations.
“Downtown was busy on the first floor — a lot of out-of-towners walking over from hotels and lots of associates on the phone doing business,” Reeder added.
At NorthPark Center, only about 30 percent of the 220-plus stores were lit and staffed, including the anchors, a spokeswoman said. Galleria Dallas fared a bit better, with about 60 percent of stores and all three department stores open for business, according to general manager Angie Freed.
Only restaurants and the movie theater were open at Highland Park Village luxury shopping center in Dallas, according to co-owner Stephen Summers.
More sleet and a chance of freezing rain were forecast for the evening, but temperatures were expected to rise several degrees above freezing Tuesday.