Another Round for Our Non-­Profits
Brookshire Brothers' category buyers, executives and store directors took their "A" game out of the store and out of the corporate headquarters Monday and onto the golf course for its semi-annual golf tournament. In September and May each year, the Lufkin-based grocery chain invites its vendors to tee-it-up for a good cause.  Teams pay up to $3500 in entry fees for the privilege of playing in the tournament that benefits theBrookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation.  Since its inception, that Foundation has given nearly $1,450,000 in contributions to non-profit organizations in its market area.
 
Representatives from Kraft, Budweiser, General Mills and Value Merchandisers hit the links at Crown Colony Country Club Monday, September 16th with their Brookshire Brothers colleagues.  Crown runs two tournaments on the same day, optimizing the course and the fundraising opportunities for the Foundation.  The demand for a spot to play frequently exceeds the availability, which in CEO Jerry Johnson's words, "Is a good problem to have."  Brookshire Brothers' Johnson adds, "We are overwhelmed at the generosity of our vendor community.  By playing in our tournament, they enable us to support non-profits like the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas, the Alzheimer's Association,  the Angelian Arts Alliance and the Volunteer Services Council of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center.  Those non-profits are the true foot soldiers and champions in our market area."
 
During this year's awards ceremonies, golfers got a big thank you from two of the recipients.  Laura Squiers with the East Texas Alliance for Children and Gorden Henley with Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo both shared stories of how the Foundation's funds allow them to further their mission.
 
Brookshire Brothers is an employee-owned grocery chain operating 78 stores and 14 convenience stores stretching west from Wimberley, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana in the east, north from Tatum, Texas and south to Ganado, Texas.
 
 
Pardon our Mess!
Brookshire Brothers asks its shoppers to be patient while the Ganado store goes through a total makeover. Contractors are on site as part of a 1.4 million dollar remodeling that will fully incorporate the pharmacy into the building. Renovations include a pharmacy drive-thru, new restrooms and a complete switch out of all refrigerated cases at the store on West York Street in Ganado.
 
Ganado Store
 
Brookshire Brothers bought the building in December 2012 and has completed its exterior renovation and is now concentrating on the inside. Store Director Donald Janick says, " We are asking our loyal customers to hang in there with us as we switch out cases and incorporate the temporary pharmacy into our permanent building. If folks can't find what they need, they can ask us and we will find it for them. We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and that will be stepped up even more." Janick and his staff say any inconvenience on the front side will be well worth it. Brookshire Brothers pharmacist Lauren Kainer, RPhD echoes the sentiment saying, "It is business as usual in the pharmacy as we gear up for flu season. We can fill your prescriptions, manage your medication and give flu, shingles and pneumonia shots right here on site. The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM- 6:30 PM and from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Saturday.
 
On the grocery side, District Director Kent Pursley says, "We will be bringing new and exciting items to the store. As our customers evolve, we are evolving with them. Our meat and dairy cases will be expanded and our fresh offerings will be enhanced." The redo, which started the week after Labor Day is expected to take about ten more weeks.
 
Brookshire Brothers is an employee-owned company operating 78 retail grocery stores and 34 convenience stores in Texas and Louisiana. Started in 1921 by brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire, the company and its 6000 employee-owners remain customer driven, dedicated to celebrating family and community. For more information, visit our website at www.brookshirebrothers.com.
 
 
Dressed for Success – Manhattan’s Dressing
Customers will soon find a product in their local Brookshire Brothers that originates right here in Lufkin, Texas!  Destin Sabani, the creator of Manhattan Dressing, developed the recipes during his thirty years in the restaurant business. A native of northeastern Italy, Sabani has lived in Lufkin for 18 years operating several successful restaurants including Manhattan and Roma's - anchors in downtown Lufkin.  Sabani says, "For years, my customers have asked me for my recipes. They are the ones who encouraged me to offer my salad dressings on the retail market." Sabani approached his friends at Brookshire Brothers for their expertise.  The Lufkin-based grocer is proud to partner with Sabani to stock and promote his four dressings - Italian Tomato Vinaigrette, Tomato Ranch, Tomato Blue Cheese and Chipotle Tomato Ranch.  Each one is carefully mixed with the finest ingredients and are fabulous not only on salads but also as marinades.  Shoppers can now find Manhattan Dressings at all seven Brookshire Brothers locations in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties.  Company spokesperson Sally Alvis adds, "It's a great partnership. Destin has a home-grown product and as another locally owned company, we have the synergies to help him get his dressings on the market.  It's a highly competitive category in supermarkets, but Brookshire Brothers is confident customers in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area will support Destin's dressing debut and be loyal to the new product." 
 
The media is invited to taste Manhattan Dressing at a red carpet unveiling onThursday, August 8th at Manhattan'sin downtown Lufkin.  Sabani will unveil his products during the 4:30-6:00 PM event. Representatives from Brookshire Brothers will also be available for comment.
 
Brookshire Brothers is an employee-owned company operating 76 retail grocery stores and 35 convenience stores in Texas and Louisiana. Started in 1921 by brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire, the company and its 7000 employee-owners remain customer driven, dedicated to celebrating family and community.  For more information, visit our website at www.brookshirebrothers.com.
 
Red Carpet Roll Out of Manhattan Dressing
 
Thursday, August 8th  4:30PM-6:00PM
 
Manhattan Restaurant - Cotton Square in Downtown Lufkin
 
 
Brookshire Brothers Comes to Valley Mills
A 92-­year‐old grocery company embraces history by coming to the Central Texas town of Valley Mills. Brookshire Brothers will acquire Wiethorn's Grocery store on Friday, September the thirteenth.  Curtis Wiethorn will run the store for the last time on Saturday. The store will close Sunday for inventory and open on Monday morning as a Brookshire Brothers Express. Brookshire Brothers will continue a tradition that started in this same building in the 1890s - providing groceries and exceptional customer service to the people of Central Texas.
 
Valley Mills
 
In making the announcement, Company CEO and President Jerry Johnson says, "Our philosophy is always to embrace and respect the local flavor of an existing, family-­run store.  We find that the more continuity we can maintain with the business, the smoother the transition."   Johnson adds, "Valley Mills is a close-­knit community of genuine people. That's the way we feel about our Brookshire Brothers family.  We exist to serve the families and communities where we have stores."  Johnson assures shoppers that Brookshire Brothers will continue the established tradition of service and quality that Wiethorn's has provided through the years.
 
A Brookshire Brothers veteran, Sharlyn Feathers will serve as the Store Director.  Feathers of the Waco area, has served as the Assistant Store Director in Brookshire Brothers' Salado and Lorena stores.  She knows the people of Central Texas and is excited about the opportunities in Valley Mills. She anticipates opening Monday with a full-­staff of Wiethorn's veterans.
 
What does the future hold for Brookshire Brothers?  Company spokesperson Sally Alvis says, "We are excited about expanding our existing footprint in the Waco area.  We are also looking at plans for future development of the Brookshire Brothers Express in Valley Mills."
 
Brookshire Brothers is an employee-­owned company operating 77 retail grocery stores and 35 convenience stores in Texas and Louisiana. Started in 1921 by brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire, the company and its 6000 employee-­owners remain customer driven, dedicated to celebrating family and community.  For more information, visit our website at  www.brookshirebrothers.com.
 
 
Hometown Pharmacist Fills the Bill!
Brookshire Brothers in Ganado will soon have a full service pharmacy to fill the needs of residents in the region.  To add to it, the registered pharmacist at the counter will be East Bernard native Lauren Lyon Kainer. A 2009 Texas A & M graduate, Lauren obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Houston in May 2013.  She says, "I grew up in a small town and I always knew I wanted to practice pharmacy in a place where I could get to know the people.  I am a small town girl, and Ganado is just perfect for me and my family."  In making the announcement, Pharmacy District Director Keith Moseley, R.Ph. says, "Lauren is a great addition to our Brookshire Brothers' management team. In addition to providing excellent pharmacy health care to the people of Ganado, she will become a vital part of the community, committed to making a difference there."
 
Kainer's skill set will be of tremendous value to the region. Under her direction, the new pharmacy will provide services such as compounding, immunizations against the flu, shingles and pneumonia and provide medication therapy management for chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.  Kainer says, "This can help improve a patient's quality of life, while decreasing costs."  Kainer goes on to say, "At Brookshire Brothers, we hope to be an easily accessible healthcare provider for the people of Ganado, and I am very excited to be part of it."
 
The new pharmacy in Ganado is set to open July 29th with grand opening festivities scheduled for August and September.  Look for Lauren and her team starting July 29th at their location at 305 West York in Ganado. The pharmacy will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM- 6:30 PM and from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Saturday.
 
Brookshire Brothers is an employee-owned company operating 76 retail grocery stores and 35 convenience stores in Texas and Louisiana. Started in 1921 by brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire, the company and its 7000 employee-owners remain customer driven, dedicated to celebrating family and community.  For more information, visit our website at www.brookshirebrothers.com.
 
 
Brookshire Brothers Buys Anahuac Grocer
Brookshire Brothers expands its reach to Chambers County with this month's acquisition of Hill's Grocery in Anahuac. In making the announcement, Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson says, "We recognize that we no longer operate in a 'one size fits all' retail world. Adapting to the needs of our customers in the communities where they live fits well with our mission. We are delighted to fly the B & B Foods banner in Anahuac and look forward to getting to know our customers and their needs.
 
The B & B Foods concept is designed for smaller, rural communities. The Anahuac store will have a wide array of meat, produce, frozen and dairy with the addition of some bakery items all in a smaller footprint than is found in a traditional grocery store. Brookshire Brothers operates 9 B & B Foods stores with more on the horizon.
 
Hill's Grocery has been in operation since 1946 when Charles and Sam Hill's parents opened up shop in a little frame house in town. The boys grew up in the business and have run it from the 1200 Miller Street location since 1973. Shoppers can expect to see some familiar faces in the store, including Sam Hill in the meat market.
 
Chambers County customers can expect to see some changes on the outside and inside with new signage, parking lot, refrigerator cases and equipment throughout the store's 12.603 square feet.
 
Company leadership encourages current and future customers to let them know how they can better serve their needs. They can make their requests known to the store director or go on-line to www.brookshirebrothers.com and share their suggestions.
 
 

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