Gallery Furniture opens doors to Hurricane Ida evacuees

HOUSTON — Top 100 retailer Gallery Furniture is doing what it can to assist those affected by Hurricane Ida.

In Houston, Gallery Furniture is opening its doors for any displaced Louisiana residents. Additionally, the retailer’s Furniture Flood Truck will head to Louisiana to take emergency supplies to the affected region once it has secured a warehouse to keep the provisions. The store is collecting non-perishable food items, bottled water, diapers, pet food and a selection of toiletries, as well as books for kids and socks.

On the Gallery Furniture website, it noted that Gallery is teaming with the Michael Berry Show and other Houston-area businesses, non-profits and public figures to help in relief efforts.

“We’ve rallied the troops. We’ve already got four or five generators, water, pet supplies, non-perishable food,” said owner Jim McIngvale. “It’s been a tremendous outpouring from the people of Houston. They’re always good about helping.”

McIngvale has welcomed displaced folks to stay in his stores in the past, including when Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in 2017.

“It’s who I am; it’s who we are. We’re here to help. That’s what we do,” McIngvale said, noting that as of Monday, Gallery had about 100 Louisianans in the store.

Thomas Lester is Digital/Managing Editor for Home Accents Today and Retail Editor for Furniture Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College’s Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports, professional baseball and more before joining Home Accents Today in 2013. Reach out to me with your story ideas, tips and more at [email protected]