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 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.