Brookshire Brothers and Its Customers Fight Hunger...One Gallon at a Time!

The Great American Milk Drive provides milk and its high-quality protein to families in need during September's Hunger Action MonthTM.

That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing across Texas and Louisiana, but Brookshire Brothers and its partners want to change that.

During National Dairy Month in June, Brookshire Brothers and David’s customers donated thousands of dollars at the registers to ‘help fill the glasses’ of children throughout our market area. During the next week, vouchers for nearly 8500 gallons of milk will be distributed to nine food banks to give to their clients.

According to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. That’s because Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, but milk is much harder to donate because it’s perishable. Feeding America clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most, is working to change that in Texas and Louisiana and across the country.

Hunger impacts 1 in 6 Americans, including nearly 16 million children, who may be missing out on milk’s nine essential nutrients. Hunger has no boundaries and is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities.   

September is Hunger Action Month. It’s an ideal time for our company and its partners to help fill nine food banks with milk.  8,307 vouchers have been sent to the following food banks:  East Texas Food Bank, Houston Food Bank, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Southeast Texas Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Tarrant Area Food Bank and the North Texas Food Bank.  Those food banks will give the vouchers to their clients who will exchange them at their local Brookshire Brothers or David’s store for a gallon of milk.

Since the Great American Milk Drive launched two years ago, more than 400,000 gallons of milk have been donated to people who rely on the nation’s food banks to help supply their families with not only food but also the good protein found in milk that helps power their potential.  Karolyn Davis with the East Texas Food Bank adds, “Milk is among our most requested items. We are grateful to The Great American Milk Drive and Brookshire Brothers and its customers for making these donations possible.”

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. It provides food through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Brookshire Brothers Announces Four New Stores

Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers is turning up its growth pattern in the coming year.  The 100% employee-owned regional grocer announces plans to open stores in four rural markets starting this fall in Grapeland, Texas.  The announcement coincides with the company’s 95th birthday and its legacy of serving communities throughout Texas and western Louisiana. In making the announcement, COO John Alston says, “Each store will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the communities in which they are located. As a result of an outpouring of requests from the people of Grapeland, their store will be our first Express location to include a pharmacy. ‘Wellness Delivered’ is what our pharmacies are known for and we are excited to be able to provide solutions for health and wellness in northern Houston County.”  Alston anticipates a late October grand opening in Grapeland.

Coming in quick succession will be a store in Wells, Texas, a new location in Valley Mills, Texas and another in Hudson, Texas.  All Express formats feature convenient, easy to shop layouts, fresh meat and produce departments and delis that include full breakfast, hot lunch and dinner plates, rotisserie and Brookshire Brothers famous fried chicken. The Express stores will also include a wide selection of grocery, dairy, frozen, general merchandise and health and beauty products.  The stores will provide employment to more than 130 people throughout the region and offer services in-store that include check cashing, Western Union money transfers, ATMs and money orders. Alston adds, “Each of these stores and its employee-owners will become an integral part of these communities by providing the exceptional customer experience Brookshire Brothers has been known for since its founding in 1921.”

As to the future of this regional grocer, Alston says, “We believe that our core competency of operating diverse formats ranging from traditional supermarket, convenience, and pharmacy to hybrids such as our Express banner and next generation supermarkets ideally positions us to fully capitalize on future growth opportunities in a variety of markets.”

Brookshire Brothers is employee-owned and community driven. Its assets include 110 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing tobacco, pharmacy and petro locations. Its footprint stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Dublin, Texas, north to Whitesboro, Texas and south to Ganado, Texas. For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

Brookshire Brothers Weighs in on Eggs

Egg production has been a hot button in the food industry recently.  Some companies throughout the egg supply chain have made public announcements about working toward ‘cage-free’ egg production.  Brookshire Brothers joins with other retailers in promoting an industry-wide evolution toward more cage-free egg production.

Jerry Johnson, President and CEO of the Lufkin, Texas-based grocery chain, stated, “The industry is moving in the direction of ‘cage-free’ egg production, and we have been moving with it. A goal of 2025 has been used by most as a target, but wouldn’t it be great to beat that? We must however, first ensure that there is a safe, adequate and affordable supply of eggs for our customers.”  

Mr. Johnson also stressed, “The current production of ‘cage-free’ eggs is not sufficient to satisfy consumer demand at an affordable price. These are issues the industry must work through.”  Currently, most Brookshire Brothers stores throughout Texas and Louisiana offer several brands of cage-free eggs and egg substitutes for its customers who prefer them.

The Brookshire Brothers CEO also added,  “In addition, current food subsidy programs do not provide reimbursement for the expense of ‘cage free’ eggs. Cooperation from state and governmental agencies that handle these programs will be necessary so that all of our customers have access to these products.”

In closing, Mr. Johnson states,  “We look forward to working with all parties in a reasoned and rational way toward a common goal.”

Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 111 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations. Its market stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Canyon Lake, Texas, north to Whitesboro, Texas, and south to Ganado, Texas.  For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

More Good Things to Come

Brookshire Brothers gets a warm Hill Country welcome from the folks in and around Canyon Lake.  The community showed up in big numbers Wednesday, February 3rd for the store’s soft opening. The Lufkin-based company has opened its 34,000 square foot grocery store on FM 306 and the Marina Road, bringing aisles of fresh options, prepared foods and extensive wine and beer offerings to the region. On Wednesday, the 10th, the entire community is invited to help cut the ribbon, hear the high school band, register for prizes and sample some fabulous foods at the official kick off to a month of Grand Opening festivities.

From sushi, hand-rolled daily, to the Daily Delish featuring the best fried chicken in town – Brookshire Brothers is known for its extensive deli, bakery and hot meal options. The produce department is also extensive featuring a wide array of organics and Texas-grown fruits and vegetables.

The store is green and clean – featuring dark sky compliant lighting, reclaimed wood fixtures, and daylight harvesting. The store’s Canyon Lake Café has a piece of the Canyon Lake High School gym’s sideline hanging on the wall as well as a rotating exhibit of student and community art. Healthy happens at the Pharmacy with immunizations, medication consultations, health screenings and a convenient drive through.

A Growler bar on site will serve Texas craft beer on tap. Wine by the glass will also be available with happy hour specials and featured wine and beer samplings. The Canyon Lake Café Patio and Outdoor Garten will feature musicians, storytellers and singers throughout the weeks of the grand opening. This spring and summer it’s expected to be a gathering place for the community.

In addition to the store, there’s a convenience store on site with fuel, grab and go foods and beverages. It’s positioned on the way to the marina, for the ease of residents and visitors on the way to the lake.

Everyone’s invited to ‘Sign Up to Celebrate!’  - that’s Brookshire Brothers loyalty program that delivers exclusive offers and coupons into your inbox. CELEBRATE members are eligible to win extra prizes during the store’s Grand Opening activities on February 10th. Sign up online at www.brookshirebrothers.com.

Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 111 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations with another location opening in Grapeland, Texas this summer. Its market stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Canyon Lake, north to Whitesboro, Texas, and south to Ganado, Texas. For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation Distributes Funds to Non-Profits

Organizations that lay the foundation for stronger communities will have more resources to help them help others thanks to Brookshire Brothers. The company’s Charitable Foundation announced its 2016 recipients, including 15 non-profits and three education foundations. Trustees and company executives presented more than $110,000 to the recipients on Monday, January 25th at the company’s Distribution Center in Lufkin.

In making the presentations, Brookshire Brothers President and CEO and Charitable Foundation Board Member Jerry Johnson said, “These folks exist to help the hurting, enrich children’s lives through education and the arts and support health services and research. They touch the lives of thousands of our customers. It’s our privilege to help further their reach through the Foundation’s support.” 

Since 2008, Brookshire Brothers has invited its vendors to play in two Charitable Foundation golf tournaments each year. Proceeds since the Charitable Foundation tournament’s inception have exceeded a million dollars. Vendors appreciate the opportunity to network with their colleagues while raising money for nearly twenty worthy causes – all which support children and families and align with the grocer’s core values. The funds are divided based on the organizations’ needs and application requests.

The 2016 recipients are:

  •  Alzheimers Association-Houston & Southeast Texas
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC)
  • American Cancer Society-Pineywoods Cattle Barons Gala
  • Angelina Arts Alliance
  • CRRC of Canyon Lake
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates-CASA in the Pines
  • Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
  • East Texas Alliance for Children (Harold’s House)
  • The Joseph House, Inc
  • Junior Achievement of Angelina County, Inc
  • Junior League of Lufkin
  • Lee County Youth Center
  • Lufkin State Supported Living Center – Volunteer Services Council
  • The Dublin Goodfellows
  • The Mosaic Center, Inc

Education Foundations:

  • Coldspring- Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation
  • Lufkin ISD Education Foundation
  • Salado ISD Education Foundation

In addition to these contributions, Brookshire Brothers has a separate employee-run Donations Committee which meets monthly to consider hundreds of donation requests from throughout the company’s footprint. Those funds come from the company’s earnings.

Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 111 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations with another location opening in Canyon Lake next week and in Grapeland, Texas this summer. Its market stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Canyon Lake, Texas, north to Whitesboro, Texas, and south to Ganado, Texas. For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands go to www.brookshirebrothers.com.

The Wait is Almost Over! Canyon Lake Convenience Store Now Open!

Good things come to those who wait! That’s exactly what Brookshire Brothers will show its Canyon Lake neighbors in early February.  The Lufkinbased grocer’s newest location is set to open the first week of February with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening set for February 10th. But shoppers don’t have to wait until February to try out Brookshire Brothers. A companion convenience store opened January 20th at the corner of FM 306 and Canyon Park Road. In addition to fuel, it will have a wide variety of grab and go favorites – perfect for a trip to the lake or river.

Folks who stop by the new CStore are invited to ‘Sign Up to Celebrate!’ That’s Brookshire Brothers loyalty program that delivers coupons and offers into your inbox. Flyers explaining the program and how to sign up can be picked up at the CStore. Folks registered for Celebrate! can win extra prizes during the grocery store’s Grand Opening activities on February 10th. Sign up online at www.brookshirebrothers.com

When it opens, the 34,000 square foot grocery store will emphasize both fresh and fun – it features everything from hand rolled Sushi made daily in the store to a Growler Bar that offers Texas Craft beer.  Brookshire Brothers’ Deli showcases the best fried chicken in town, plus weekly and daily lunch and dinner specials in The Daily Delish. Butchers on site will cut your meat to your specifications and our full service Pharmacy will feature a drive thru, immunizations and prescription consultations.  The extensive produce department will engage shoppers as soon as they walk in with its healthy array of organics, seasonal favorites and Texas grown fruits and vegetables.

As good stewards of the environment, the Canyon Lake store features the latest in sustainability – including daylight harvesting. All of the lighting is highly efficient LED and all parking lot lighting is Dark Sky compliant. Customers will notice the recycled post oak on walls and coolers as well as on the produce orchard bins. Water retention barrels will catch rainwater falling off of the rooftop.

Celebrating the outdoors and natural beauty of the Hill Country greatly influenced the design.  It includes an outdoor venue suitable for live music, food and specialty beverages.

Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 111 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations with another location opening in Grapeland, Texas this summer.   Its market stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Canyon Lake, north to Whitesboro, Texas, and south to Ganado, Texas.  For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

Ganado Celebrates its Good Fortune with Brookshire Brothers!

The small town of Ganado, Texas received a double dose of good news this week. One of its residents won the top prize in Brookshire Brothers’ Hometown Celebration game. On top of that, the winner’s hometown gets $25,000 – which will be shared between three non-profits. Brookshire Brothers presented checks to all four Tuesday morning at its store in Ganado. This summer thousands of customers participated in the company’s collect and win game that offered more than $3 million in prizes.

Sue Sims played the game at her Brookshire Brothers in Ganado. Her diligence paid off. The retired bank teller collected the game pieces and also played the on line game. Because no one got the winning combo in the collect and win game, the winner was drawn from all of the on-line entries. When asked what she’d do with her winnings, Sims said without hesitation, “I will give the first $10,000 to my church. My husband wants me to buy a new car, but mine has 107,000 miles on it and runs just fine.”

Sim’s good fortune is also a blessing for her town. As part of the Brookshire Brothers promotion, the ‘big winner’s’ hometown gets $25,000. Store Director Donald Janik and community officials identified three organizations to share the funds – the Ganado Volunteer Fire Department, the Ganado ISD Education Foundation and Matthew 25 – a faith based outreach that provides food, clothing and utility assistance for neighbors in need.

Sims isn’t the only big winner. A paramedic in Magnolia won a brand new Ford Escape as did a college student in Lufkin. Other top prizes included $20,000 in cash to a lady in Kountze, home makeovers, dream vacations, groceries and gas for a year, tablets and hundreds of free products that were ‘instant wins’ to be redeemed in our Brookshire Brothers and David’s stores.

Brookshire Brothers is an employee-owned company operating more than 105 retail operations in Texas and Louisiana including grocery, convenience, free standing pharmacy, fuel and tobacco outlets. Started in 1921 by brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire, the company and its 6900 employee-owners remain customer driven, quality focused and dedicated to celebrating family and community. For more information, visit our website at www.brookshirebrothers.com or follow us on facebook.

Brookshire Brothers Finalizes Sale of Polk Stores

Brookshire Brothers signed papers Monday officially selling twenty-six of its Polk Pick-It-Up stores to Partners Investors C-stores, Ltd. The Lufkin-based grocer will keep its Polk Pick-It-Up locations in Hudson, Central Heights, Central and Wells.  Brookshire Brothers acquired Polk Oil Company in 2007.

In making the announcement, President and CEO Jerry Johnson said, “The sale of these locations enables us to focus on our core business – providing an exceptional shopping experience for our customers in all of our formats, including the recently launched Brookshire Brothers Express banner.”

Brookshire Brothers utilized Corner Capital Advisors, LLC for valuation and structured sale advisory. “Corner Capital’s knowledge of the industry and attention to our assets were critical to the success of the sale,” Johnson adds. “We relied on their services and expertise throughout the process.” Corner Capital, provides M&A and specialty advising in the downstream energy industry which includes convenience store chains.

The Brookshire Brothers footprint continues to expand. The employee-owned company opened new locations in Hamilton and Pilot Point, Texas this summer and is on track to open its Canyon Lake store in December.  Future plans include a Grapeland store the following year.

Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations.  Its market stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Canyon Lake, north to Whitesboro, Texas, and south to Ganado, Texas.  For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

Brookshire Brothers Opens Pilot Point, Texas Store

It was a grand way to start the 4th of July in Pilot Point as Brookshire Brothers opened its 107th store. The employee-owned company out of Lufkin invited the entire community to the July 1st party that featured cheerleaders, Cub Scouts, veterans, a prize wheel, dignitaries, giveaways and samples for hundreds.  Chamber of Commerce Executive Denise Morris and Chamber President Jim McIlroy joined COO John Alston and Store Director Richard Hamill in cutting the ribbon. Recent Pilot Point High School graduate Harmony Tetmeyer sang The National Anthem.

The 22,500 square foot store on South Highway 377 emphasizes FRESH with its in store Bakery, Deli, Meat Market and extensive Produce Department. A full service pharmacy with a drive through will open in September.

Brookshire Brothers expressed its commitment to family and community by making financial donations to Pilot Point’s First Responders (Police Chief Ric Sadler and Fire Chief Heath Hudson) and Luther Slay with Shepherd’s Storehouse.  The Library provided face painting and PP Beautiful Clean handed out information.

Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 150 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations with another location opening in Canyon Lake in the fall.  Its market stretches east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, west to Canyon Lake, Texas, north to Whitesboro, Texas, and south to Ganado, Texas.  For more information about Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

 

A Flood of Love for Wimberley

Musicians with a heart for Wimberley will come together August 9th for a concert to benefit residents of the flood ravaged community.  Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers reached out to Wimberley-based singer-songwriter Robyn Ludwick about sponsoring a concert to raise funds for the victims of the Memorial Day floods. Ludwick marshalled the forces and with Judy Hubbard, fellow Wimberley resident and manager/wife of Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard,  have put together a stunning line-up sure to strum up significant support. Austin’s Nutty Brown Café is the venue and owner Mike Farr is offering his amphitheater for the event.  The name, Texas Flood of Love, was inspired by a pencil sketch by Wimberley-based artist David Richardson.

Confirmed performing artists include Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, William Clark Green, Bob Schneider, John Fullbright, Jimmie Vaughan, Wade Bowen, Jason Boland, and Robyn Ludwick.  The musical line up (with more to come) will be a huge draw as will an auction that will feature guitars signed by The Eagles, Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen as well as house concerts by Sarah Jarosz and Alejandro Escovedo.  For those unable to attend the benefit concert, there will be on-line bidding opportunities. Tickets for the August 9th event can be purchased on line at http://www.nuttybrown.com or on the day of the event at Nutty Brown Café in Austin.

Brookshire Brothers  and its Wimberley-based store team began delivering food, water, baby formula and flashlights as soon as the water began to recede. Their vendors have enhanced the ongoing effort by donating tons of food and other products for those impacted by the disaster.  More vendors have stepped up to support The Texas Flood of Love including Louisiana Fish Fry, Brown Distributing, DiLusso Meats, Angus Pride, Swift Premium, Hormel and a host of others. 

Brookshire Brothers encourages folks to give to the relief effort.  Funds from the concert will go to Barnabas Connection Flood Relief – http://www.barnabasconnects.org/wimberley-flood-2015.  We also encourage our fellow music-lovers to participate in the online bidding by texting "love" to 71760.  Items from signed guitars to sports memorabilia will be up for grabs.  Visit the Texas Flood of Love 2015 Facebook page here, https://www.facebook.com/texasfloodoflove2015 for up-to-date information on the music line-up and more.

Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 150 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations. A new store is set to open in late fall in Canyon Lake, Texas.  For more information on Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

 
Photo Credit: The Wimberley View

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