A shopper walks past a mostly bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 18. A devastating winter storm that hit the middle of the country last month helped send retail sales tumbling.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 18: A shopper walks past a mostly bare shelf as people stock up on necessities at the H-E-B grocery store on February 18, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)