Dealerships in the Houston area are beginning to reopen after Hurricane Harvey, led by all but two of Group 1 Automotive Inc.'s 28 stores there on Wednesday.
Group 1 reopened 26 of its stores in the Houston area on Wednesday morning as the company begins to "pick up the pieces" in the storm's aftermath, said Pete DeLongchamps, vice president of manufacturer relations, financial services and public affairs.
While one of its stores near a bayou in Clear Lake lost some inventory, he said most vehicles at Group 1 dealerships remained intact. DeLongchamps attributed that to the hard work stores put in last week to move inventory to higher ground on their properties before the storm made landfall. Without those efforts, he said, hundreds of vehicles would have been under water.
DeLongchamps said Group 1 had a disaster plan in place to cope with the hurricane.
"This is shaping up to be the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, and no one would've thought that a week ago," DeLongchamps told Automotive News. "From a dealership standpoint, I'd say that we feel like we're very fortunate based on everything that is happening around the city."