Brookshire Brothers Doubles its Presence in Hamilton

June 24th is the day! Brookshire Brothers is moving down the street, doubling its size and ushering in a new menu of items and services to the Hamilton area. The doors open at 7AM at the new Brookshire Brothers at 1004 E. Main says Store Director Joe Baker. The Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting is at NOON followed by a celebration filled with prizes, samplings, games and more! In making the announcement, Brookshire Brothers spokesperson Sally Alvis said, “We like to involve the entire community in our grand openings. From the American Legion, Boy Scouts, cheerleaders, food bank to the City Council and Fire Department, these folks are the backbone of the community. We build strong ties with them and support them throughout the year.”

Chief Operations Officer John Alston said, “The people of Hamilton have given us tremendous support and encouragement. Because of that, it made the decision easy to double our space by acquiring the lease on the former Alco location on East Main Street. The 25,300 square foot store emphasizes FRESH – with a Deli, expanded Produce and Meat Departments and Bakery. Customers will be introduced to Brookshire Brothers signature fried chicken and other home cooked weekly specials as well as grab and go items for folks on the run. Later this summer, a full service pharmacy featuring a drive thru will open, completing the Grand Opening!  

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 July 1st in Pilot Point, Texas and 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 go to www.brookshirebrothers.com.

Feeding the Relief Effort

Relief efforts continue in Hays County, as Wimberley begins to emerge from the deadly flooding along the Blanco River.  Brookshire Brothers and its store team are mobilizing additional resources to respond to the ever changing needs of their community. From feeding hundreds of people on the day after the flooding, to ramping up deliveries of water, batteries, baby formula and other essentials, the company is now calling on its vendor community to join in the efforts. When Brookshire Brothers found out hot meals were in need for relief workers and residents, they reached out to Opelousas, Louisiana based Tony Chachere’s.  On Friday, Tony’s will pull its cook trailer to the Texas Hill Country to feed hundreds from the Brookshire Brothers parking lot.

Sally Alvis, Brookshire Brothers spokesperson says, “That’s what you’re seeing in all of our markets where flooding and tornadoes have wreaked havoc.  Our employee-owners and vendors are jumping in to do whatever it takes to be part of the recovery.” In addition to Friday’s free jambalaya meal, the Brookshire Brothers team will serve chipped beef bbq on Saturday from the same location where they’ve had a store since 1996.  Any donations will go to help three of the store’s employees whose homes were washed away over Memorial Day weekend.

Earlier this week,  the Brookshire Brothers Wimberley store team saw and felt the tragedy through the lives of their neighbors. They went door to door in the Paradise Valley area delivering cases of water and non perishable foods and supplies.  One resident told Store Director Jason Noske, “You are the first person I’ve seen since the water rose. I can’t thank you enough.” Another was in tears as the Brookshire Brothers team provided dry toilet paper – a luxury following the deadly drenching.

 “The needs are enormous,” Alvis notes, “but so are the hearts of those who are helping.  Everyone is committed to seeing this community heal and thrive again.”  Wimberley musician Robyn Ludwick shared a facebook message that speaks to the feeling in this picturesque place, “I’m so humbled right now by the generosity and love that I have seen. Let's use it to rebuild and restore this town and our broken hearts.”

Brookshire Brothers encourages folks to give to the relief effort.  Financial donations can be made to Barnabas Connection Flood Relief – http://www.barnabasconnects.org/wimberley-flood-2015

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. New stores will open this year in Pilot Point, Hamilton and Canyon Lake.  For more information on Brookshire Brothers and its family of brands please visit www.brookshirebrothers.com.

Catch the Hatch!
The season comes but once a year - it's the very brief but very important harvest of the Hatch Chile. They are a prized New Mexican chile grown in the Mesilla Valley just north of Los Cruces. That's where sunlight is intense and the nights are cool. This combo creates a chile that has a wonderful earthy flavor, with a hint of sweetness and kick to it.
 
Though the Hatch chile season is only six weeks long, at the roasting you can get a box of chiles and let the experts roast them for you on the spot.  Then you can freeze the roasted peppers and eat them all year long.  We carry a full line of Hatch chile products, from the brand Melissa's, guaranteed to heat up your cooking 365 days a year - instead of just during the six week season!  From salsa, to Dried Hatch Chiles…and from Hatch  Chile Powder to  a Ristra or string of chiles Brookshire Brothers brings Hatch home!
 

Hatch Chili Happenings:

Lufkin (Gaslight location):  August 15, 3-6pm and August 16, 10-5pm
Caldwell: August 16, 10-2pm
Wimberley: August 22, 3-6pm and August 23, 10-5pm
Magnolia: August 29, 3-6pm and August 30, 10-5pm
Montgomery: September 5, 3-6pm and September 6, 10-5pm
 
Hatch Chile Roasting
Crandall Volunteer Fire Department’s 60th Anniversary Fundraiser

Crandall Goes Cajun For A Good Cause! 

 
Lufkin… Brookshire Brothers puts out an ‘all call’ on behalf of the Crandall Volunteer Fire Department and the company hopes everyone will answer it.  The Lufkin-based grocer has called on its friends at Tony Chachere’s to help raise funds for the Crandall Volunteer Fire Department.  On Saturday, July 26th, from 5 to 9 PM, Brookshire Brothers and Tony Chachere’s will provide a feast of Cajun favorites!  Brookshire Brothers has pledged to match what the community raises on the 26th up to $5000.00!  This is more than a feed, it’s a party featuring music by Big Neon, raffle and door prizes.   All proceeds go directly to Crandall’s Volunteer Fire Department in recognition of its 60 years of service to the people of Crandall and Kaufman County ESD #7.
 
Tony Chachere’s, based in Opelousas, Louisiana, has a world renown cooking team. The crew will set up its 40-foot cook trailer behind City Hall and prepare the feast of fried shrimp, fried catfish, jambalaya, smoked turkey, fries and a variety of Tony’s special sauces.    Tony Chachere’s National Sales Director Brandon Schipes says, “Our cook team loves to do charitable events. There’s nothing better than coming to the aid of a community and that is what we are doing in Crandall.” 
 
Brookshire Brothers’ Store Director Ernest Catuncan says the dire straits of the De-partment’s finances are what spurred him to get involved.  A former member alleged-ly embezzled just under $300,000 from the Department forcing the VFD to sell equipment that was used as collateral on loans.
 
Catuncan and Brookshire Brothers’ Director of Public Relations Sally Alvis reached out to CVFD’s Chief Allen Cousins to organize the 60th Anniversary benefit. Alvis says, “At Brookshire Brothers we understand that our volunteer fire-fighters are the heart and soul of the community. We depend on our first responders!  We celebrate their rich 60-year tradition and want to send them into the next sixty on sound financial footing. “
 
Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 149 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, visit our website at www.brookshirebrothers.com
 
Zavalla Gets Fast, Fresh with Brookshire Brothers Express
Lufkin… Brookshire Brothers is ready to launch its 149th retail location just thirty miles from its Corporate Headquarters. Brookshire Brothers Express opens July 30th in Zavalla, Texas with a community-wide ribbon cutting at 10AM. The store, located at 198 East Main Street is a blend of grocery and convenience. Company spokesperson Sally Alvis says, “Our new store is tai-lored to meet the needs of the people of Southern Angelina County and the hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts who visit the area to enjoy our lakes, rivers and forests. Shoppers will find everything from our famous fried chicken to deer corn, fishing tackle, fresh meat and produce, baked goods and a deli filled with grab and go favorites.”  The store even has a drive-thru to make picking up breakfast, lunch or supper super quick.
 
Josh Higgins, a native of Huntington, returns to the area as Store Director. Higgins is proud of his team that includes Sam Dillon of Colmesneil as Assis-tant Store Director and Jacob Casey of Huntington as Market Manager. Of his role at the new store Higgins says, ”I’m from a small town so Zavalla is the perfect place for me. I can’t wait to get to know my customers and take care of their needs.  It’s a great store and perfect for the community.”  Higgins goes on to add that merchandisers have filled the 22,000 square feet of re-tail space with wide array of products that will keep residents from driving into larger towns for what they need. Fuel will also be available on site.
 
Grand Opening activities kick off the 30th at 10AM with the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber Ribbon Cutting.  Cake, refreshments, sampling and givea-ways will follow with special appearances from County Judge Wes Suiter and Zavalla Mayor Jimmy Davis. Several veterans will post the colors and Zavalla’s James King will sing the National Anthem.
 
Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee-owned. Its assets include 149 retail outlets incorporating grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations with another location opening in Apple Springs in early 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 go to www.brookshirebrothers.com.
 
 
Lufkin-Based Grocer Expands its Footprint
With the stroke of a pen, Brookshire Brothers Friday acquired the assets of a family-owned company with similar core values.  David's Supermarkets, a grocery chain based in Grandview, Texas, was formerly owned by the Waldrip family. The Waldrips operated stores in dozens of small towns throughout north central Texas for 50 years.
 
Following the closing in Cleburne, Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson said, "The Waldrip family serves communities similar to those we serve.  Their values align with ours. We understand their customers." Johnson went on to say that the former David's employees, numbering approximately 550, have the opportunity to become not just employees but owners of Brookshire Brothers.
 
The David's acquisition gives Brookshire Brothers a presence adjacent to its existing market area. John Alston, Chief Operations Officer for Brookshire Brothers, adds, "We feel these communities in north central Texas are the heart of America.  Serving them and serving with them in their communities will be our privilege.  We are pleased to offer all existing store level employees of David's a position with our company.  Some of the corporate staff has also chosen to come on board including several third generation Waldrip family members." 
 
Of the 25 stores, 9 will fly the David's Supermarkets or David's Express banners, one will remain Pecan Foods and 15, including one recently opened in Meridian, Texas, will be Brookshire Brothers.  All will share the Brookshire Brothers core value of celebrating family and community.
 
Foundation Furthers Work of a Dozen Non-Profits
Brookshire Brothers warmed the hearts of twelve non-profits Thursday, January 30th by recognizing the amazing work they do in the communities they serve.  The Lufkin-based company's Charitable Foundation distributed checks totaling $110,000 to organizations whose core mission aligns with Brookshire Brothers' A Celebration of Family and Community.
 
Company spokesperson Sally Alvis says, "It was fitting we distributed checks to these deserving organizations from our Distribution Center. It truly is the heart of this employee-owned company.  Our guests saw how the merchandise they see in the store gets from the warehouse, to the eighteen-wheelers and off to our 123 retail locations.  They also got to meet a cross section of our employee-owners, many of whom volunteer and serve beside them in the non-profit arena or are served by their organization. "
 
It is the vendors who sell their lines of groceries and goods to Brookshire Brothers that make these grants possible. They play in the Foundation's spring and fall golf tournaments. Their entry fees go directly to the Charitable Foundation.  An invite to the Brookshire Brothers tourneys is among the most sought after in the industry because the golfers know their participation fuels Brookshire Brothers passion for giving.
 
Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation Recipients:
 
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas
  • Volunteer Services Council - Lufkin State Supported Living Center
  • The Mosaic Center
  • Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
  • Sarah's Hope
  • East Texas Alliance for Children - Harold's House
  • Junior Achievement of East Texas
  • American Cancer Society/Pineywoods Cattle Barons Gala
  • Friends of Blue Hole
  • Alzheimer's Association - Capital of Texas Chapter
  • Alzheimer's Association - Southeast Texas/Houston Chapter
  • Angelina Arts Alliance
 
Brookshire Brothers also has an employee-run Donations Committee that meets monthly to consider hundreds of funding requests.  Alvis explained, "That committee represents every single Brookshire Brothers employee. The money they earmark for donations comes directly from our employee-owners.  Committee members discern how  best to allocate our giving in every market we serve.  From education to wellness, community celebrations to fundraising efforts, we give back in extraordinary levels - financially and with our gifts of time, re   sources and volunteer service."
 
 
Brookshire Brothers to Acquire David’s Supermarkets
Brookshire Brothers has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of David's Supermarkets. David's is a 25-store chain located in north central Texas owned by the Waldrip family.
 
Jerry Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookshire Brothers says, "We feel like these family-owned stores align with our core value that we are a celebration of family and community.  As a 100% employee-owned company, this transaction also presents opportunities for the employees of David's."
 
The due diligence phase is underway.  During this process Brookshire Brothers is working closely with the Waldrips to ensure that this transition is as seamless as possible for the communities they serve.
 
Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers has 123 active and operating retail outlets including grocery stores, convenience stores, and  free standing pharmacy, tobacco and petro locations with two new stores planned for 2014.   For more information about Brookshire Brothers go to www.brookshirebrothers.com.
 
 
Brookshire Brothers Match Makes Blue Hole Merry
With the help of its loyal customers, Brookshire Brothers is gifting one of Wimberley's natural treasures.  During the month of December, Brookshire Brothers gave its shoppers a chance to donate $1, $5, or $10 to Friends of Blue Hole when they checked out at the store.  When the promotion ended, shoppers had donated $2706 to Friends of Blue Hole.  The Wimberley store, under the leadership of Store Director Jason Noske, upped the ante by donating another $3000 to match what their customers gave.  Brookshire Brothers' Charitable Foundation contributed an additional $7,000. The total gift to Friends of Blue Hole is $12,706.00.
 
In making the presentation Monday, December 30th to Blue Hole Board members, Brookshire Brothers Chief Operating Officer John Alston said,  "Brookshire Brothers celebrates family and community and Blue Hole is where those core values come together."  Alston, a Wimberley homeowner who formerly served as a Director for the District that includes the Wimberley Brookshire Brothers, is passionate about partnerships. He adds, "Giving our customers an opportunity to participate and invest in this project unites us in support of Blue Hole and helps ensure that all will have the chance to enjoy this great natural resource for years to come."
 
Noske's team at the Wimberley store threw a "blue" post Christmas party to go along with Monday's check presentation. The bakery crew created blue cupcakes, a cake with the Blue Hole logo  and blue punch to go along with the Blue Hole theme. Executive Director Laura Linhart-Listner and Board members were on hand to accept the check.
 
 
Come Celebrate With Us
It's time to cut the ribbon in Ganado following Brookshire Brothers 1.5 million dollar renovation of several existing stores.  Store Director Donald Janik says customers will see big changes including an expanded fresh department, new dairy, market and produce cases displaying a wider variety of offerings.  Janik invites folks in Ganado and surrounding communities to join in the ribbon cutting and grand re-opening festivities.  The Jackson County Chamber will kick off the celebration with aRibbon Cutting on Thursday, December 12th at 10:00 AM.  There will be cake, door prizes and giveaways.
 
Pharmacist Lauren Kainer urges folks to come back on Saturday for a Grand Opening Health Fair and other festivities in the store. From 10AM to 2PM the full service pharmacy will be offering blood pressure checks, glucose screenings and consulting on prescriptions.   In addition to filling prescriptions, Kainer and her Brookshire Brothers' staff provide immunizations, compounding and medication therapy management for people with chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension.  The convenient drive thru allows customers to drop off and pick up medications while never having to leave the car.  The over the counter section has been enlarged and the store now offers more medical equipment supplies and a private room for immunizations.
 
Ganado Brookshire Brothers Ribbon Cutting - Thursday, December 12th 10AM
 
Store and Pharmacy Grand Re-Opening - Saturday, December 14th 10AM-2PM
 
 

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