NEW ORLEANS -- Retailers along the Gulf Coast here and in Mississippi were continuing to cope with the challenges of operating in a post-Katrina environment last week even as Hurricane Rita moved toward Texas.

Given the impact Katrina had three weeks ago, residents along the Texas coast were stocking up on water, non-perishable foods, batteries and flashlights before stores in the areas slated for evacuation were shut down.

H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, told SN

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