Berkshire Hathaway Automotive's two Houston stores reopened Wednesday, but it hardly has been business as usual with many parts of the area remaining under water.
"We went out to get lunch and Chick-fil-A has no food, Sam's has no food, Whataburger has no food, Kroger has no food. We finally found one barbecue place that has food," said Carolyn Cross, general manager of Joe Myers Ford. "We drove around for two hours before we found a place to eat. Gas is running in short supply. There's no gas at the gas stations. So nothing is coming in yet to refuel the 5 million people here."
The inventory at Cross' store, as well as that at Joe Myers Toyota, was undamaged. Both stores, owned by Warren Buffett's company, are getting service customers bringing in water-damaged vehicles. But it is a fraction of normal volume. Joe Myers Ford had about 40 to 50 service customers Wednesday, about a two-thirds less than typical traffic, Cross said.
Many other Houston-area dealerships had closed last Friday, but Cross kept her store open until late Saturday. It ran on a skeleton crew, selling four new cars and two used cars that day.