First grocery store opens in Ike-ravaged Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Battered by Hurricane Ike, Galveston is finally enjoying a ray of hope: a reopened grocery store.

A Kroger store on Seawall Boulevard opened Wednesday afternoon to dozens of residents who had lined up on foot and in cars for the event.

Normally open 24 hours a day, the store has limited hours for now: 8 a.m. to just before the city's 6 p.m. curfew. The store is accepting all forms of payment.

The scene was almost festive. Workers grilled fajitas outside for employees who had worked since 6 a.m. Wednesday to clean shelves and cases. They'd removed enough spoiled food to fill 16 dump trucks.

No meat or dairy products are available for now, but most other items are.

"It's almost like coming home," Anita Katz-Schuler, the first customer in a line of cars, told The Galveston County Daily News.

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