The Commons by United Supermarkets, named in recognition of a $3 million gift from United Supermarkets LLC, officially opened its doors on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock following an Aug. 29 ribbon cutting ceremony. The 20,500-s.f., two-story facility features a Mongolian-style grill, pizza store, miniature grocery shop and bagel shop.
“United Supermarkets is really happy to have our name on this building,” said United CEO Robert Taylor as he addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting. “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with Texas Tech. We have been a part of the university in the past, we are a part of it now, and we plan to be a part of it in the future.”
The funds from United’s gift created the United Supermarkets Graduate Fellowship Endowment and the United Supermarkets Scholarship Endowment, both providing scholarships to deserving students at the university. A portion of the donation also will be used for operational support of the new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Abilene, Texas.
This is the second-largest financial gift in United history, behind the $10 million gift in 1996 used to fund the construction of the university’s basketball and volleyball facility, the United Spirit Arena.
“United Supermarkets is an outstanding corporate citizen,” said Kent Hance, chancellor for Texas Tech, as he addressed the crowd at the ceremony. “Once again, we thank them for doing more than their share to help us in all that we do in educating our students at Texas Tech.”
Now in its 96th year of operation, United Supermarkets LLC is a Lubbock-based family-owned grocery chain with stores in 30 markets across north and west Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters in Lubbock and distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, United currently operates 51 stores under four distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos United and United Express.
In the featured photo at top: From left, Lawrence Schovanec, interim president of Texas Tech University; Kirk Rodriguez, associate director of retail sales for hospitality services; Sam Bennett, director of hospitality services; Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System; Robert Taylor, CEO of United Supermarkets; Gantt Bumstead, co-president of United Supermarkets; and Michael Molina, vice chancellor of facilities planning and construction.