Friday September 13, 2013
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.
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.
Monday September 9, 2013
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.
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.
Wednesday July 24, 2013
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.
Monday March 25, 2013
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.
Wednesday March 20, 2013
Thank Goodness for Brookshire Brothers
Thank goodness it's Friday will take on several meanings Friday, March 22nd for the folks at Brookshire Brothers and their neighbors at the Ellen Trout Zoo. Dozens of the company's employee-owners will don work gloves, grab paint brushes, and spray on the sunscreen for a day at the ZOO. It's a tradition that the company began ten years ago to recognize the impact the Best Small Town Zoo in America has on the hundreds of thousands of families in almost every East Texas and Western Louisiana community that Brookshire Brothers has a grocery or convenience store.
Company President and CEO Jerry Johnson says, "We realize that not just our local customers but our loyal shoppers from 2-3 hours away come to Lufkin to spend a day at the Zoo. It's a privilege for our company to pay our employee owners to go across the street and put some sweat equity into a place that so many of our customers enjoy."
Friday's work day couldn't come at a better time says the Zoo's Charlotte Henley. The Director of Educational Services adds, "Just last week we had 12,538 visitors! The Spring Break crowds calls for some Spring cleaning and refurbishing." Henley says this year's 'to do' list includes painting the front of the big cat exhibit, the rhino runway and the old concession stand. Electricians, plumbers, builders, accountants and clerks will also add plants and rocks to the waterfowl pool and some reed fencing around the flamingos.
Henley laughs, "Taking care of 800 animals a day is intense. We just run out of hours and manpower. We would all agree that keeping this huge investment in great repair and fine tuned for our visitors would not be possible without the help of our friends at Brookshire Brothers. They are great neighbors and incredible supporters."
In addition to the painting, heaving, hauling and cleaning, Brookshire Brothers will provide lunch for the Zoo Staff and all of the volunteers on Friday. Learn more about Brookshire Brothers and get connected at www.BrookshireBrothers.com.
Friday March 1, 2013
Brookshire Brothers Links Golf with Giving
What do golf and giving have in common? More than you'd think according to Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers. The company hosts two charity golf tournaments each year for its vendors and business associates. The entry fees and other funds raised at the tourneys go into the company's Charitable Foundation. Yesterday, that Foundation dispersed nearly $100,000 to seven non profits in its market area.
These helping entities will, in turn, use those funds to further their outreach to the children, the hurting, the hungry, the aging and the intellectually challenged residents they serve. Company President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Johnson says, "It's a privilege for Brookshire Brothers to help these incredible organizations live out their mission. They know first hand the needs of those they serve. Providing this funding helps them do what they do well - even better."
This year's recipients include the American Cancer Society, Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo, Harold's House (East Texas Alliance for Children), Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas, Alzheimer's Association's Houston/Southeast Texas and Capitol of Texas chapters, Volunteer Services Council of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center and Angelina Arts Alliance. Representatives from those organizations were honored yesterday at Brookshire Brother's corporate office in Lufkin.
Brookshire Brothers recognizes the Alzheimers Association for serving its customers and employee-owners 54 of the counties in the grocer's market area. Jerry Johnson - President and CEO presents two checks from the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation to Mandy Humes - representing both the Houston/Southeast Texas and Capital of Texas chapters of the Alzheimers Association.
Harold's House - The East Texas Alliance for Children benefits from Brookshire Brothers generosity for its work with children who have been physically and sexually abused. Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson presents a check from the company's Charitable Foundation to Executive Director Laura Squiers and Board President Debbie Brown.
Brookshire Brothers helps the Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas provide 4,000 children with the tools they need to be successful. Accepting a donation from the company's Charitable Foundation is Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas President and CEO Jeff Woods with Brookshire Brothers' President and CEO Jerry Johnson.
Bravo to the Angelina Arts Alliance for bringing performing artists from around the world to the Texas Forest Country. Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson presents the Arts Alliance's Traci Pinkerton and Rick Schiller with a contribution from Brookshire Brothers' Charitable Foundation to help the Arts Alliance further its work.
Lufkin's State Supported Living Center enjoys its continuing relationship with Brookshire Brothers. The company maintains and upkeeps a family house on the campus and recently gave the Center's Volunteer Services Council a financial gift from its Charitable Foundation.
Pictured from left to right are Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson with Lynn Hopper - Community Relations manager, Gale Wassom - Center Director and Chris Moss - Board Chairman.
The High Plains/East Texas Region of the American Cancer Society exits to save lives and end cancer for good! Brookshire Brothers' Charitable Foundation recognizes the local chapter for all it does in the region. Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson presents a check to ACS Cattle Baron's Gala Chair Becca Chance and ACS Regional Vice President Letha Tullos and Regional Development VP Melissa McKnight.
Brookshire Brothers recognizes the FINEST SMALL CITY ZOO IN AMERICA for all it does for families throughout the region. Brookshire Brothers' President and CEO Jerry Johnson is pictured here presenting a check from its Charitable Foundation to Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo President Dennis Rankin and Zoo Director Gordon Henley.