Though Hurricane Wilma's fierce winds and rains caused hundreds of stores in South Florida to close early last week, retailers were opening them up again almost as quickly, citing good fortune and preparedness steeled by a rash of similar disasters over the last year. "We fared well because we were prepared," Nicole LeBeau, a spokeswoman for Tampa-based Kash n' Karry/Sweetbay, told SN last week. Hurricane Wilma shot across southern Florida beginning early Monday, causing its worst physical ...

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