Lufkin, Texas-based Brookshire Brothers will be growing again in the coming year. The employee-owned regional grocer plans to open stores in four rural markets starting this fall in Grapeland, Texas.
“Each store will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the communities in which they are located,” said COO John Alston. “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 three more new Texas stores, in Wells, Valley Mills and Hudson.
The Express format features easy-to-shop layouts, fresh meat and produce departments and delis that include full breakfast, hot lunch and dinner offerings, as well as rotisserie and Brookshire Brothers “famous” fried chicken. The stores also will offer a wide selection of grocery, dairy, frozen, general merchandise and health and beauty products. In-store services will include check cashing, Western Union money transfers, ATMs and money orders.
The new locations will provide employment to more than 130 people in the region.
“Each of these stores and their 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,” Alson added. “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 operates 110 retail outlets, including grocery and convenience stores and freestanding 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.