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The United Family Ups Lubbock, Texas, Investment To $100 Million

Last updated on July 19th, 2016 at 03:07 pm

Robert Taylor, president of The United Family, said July 12 that the company has increased its total investment in its home city of Lubbock, Texas, to $100 million. Projects include a distribution center expansion, remodels on seven of the nine stores in Lubbock and one new location in the city.

United purchased the distribution center and announced plans for a $33.7 million expansion in May 2015. Completion of the additional 200,000-s.f. is expected this fall. United also will add new trucks, trailers, material handling equipment and technology. When finished, the project will have created more than 200 jobs.

Taylor also said ground soon will be broken at 4th and Milwaukee Avenue for a new store in West Lubbock.

In addition, the United store at 82nd Street and Frankford will receive an in-store Starbucks, as will the Market Street at 50th and Indiana.

“The number of stores that we operate has increased more than 40 percent over the last two years,” said Taylor. “What many people may not realize is that whenever we add stores anywhere, it impacts Lubbock. All the back-of-house accounting, tech support, supply and merchandise; it all originates from our home base here in Lubbock and it means that we are rooted here for years to come.”

Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor

Renovations for the seven stores will begin with the United Supermarkets location at 82nd and Boston. Upgrades will be staggered to minimize inconvenience to shoppers. Depending on the needs of each location, the renovations will include new décor, updated fixtures and enhanced products and services.

“The Lubbock community has been incredibly loyal to our company over the past century and investing in the stores our guests frequent each week is a priority for our team,” said Taylor. “With the incredible expansion and growth our company has experienced in recent years, we want the Lubbock community to know we are thankful they have continued to grow with us over the years. Our executive team members are all long-time Lubbock residents and we are very excited about both today’s (July 12) announcements and the outlook for the future of Lubbock.”

The new West Lubbock store will support the United Express convenience store and drive-thru that opened in May 2011. It will anchor a retail space that is available for development.

In addition, a United Supermarkets location is expected to open this fall in South Lubbock at 1585 and Indiana. The two new retail stores will create another 400 new jobs in Lubbock. Over the past 60 years, The United Family has created more than 4,000 jobs for Lubbock residents.

“We are thrilled to announce another new second-generation United Supermarkets for Lubbock residents,” said Taylor. “We have long looked forward to being able to open a location in West Lubbock and similar to the store under construction on 1585, this store will be similar in size and scope with a few additions and changes that we look forward to announcing at a later date.”

In 2015 alone, The United Family donated more than $1.3 million to local Lubbock organizations and is increasing that number this year as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

The United Family has been headquartered in Lubbock since 1956, when Jack Snell, son of H.D. Snell, purchased three Taylor Safeways. The company continued its expansion over the next four decades under the leadership of the Snell and Bumstead families, and by 1991, United stores were in 20 communities throughout Texas. Over the past three years, the company has grown to 73 stores and 33 fuel center/convenience stores, serving 45 communities in West Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and, most recently, Eastern New Mexico. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertson’s LLC.


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