Brookshire Brothers broke ground this morning (Aug. 22) on a store adjacent to the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The store is an initiative between the Texas A&M System and the East Texas grocer.
In making the announcement, Brookshire Brothers President and CEO John Alston said, “Our company is honored to have been selected by the Texas A&M System to partner in their latest development project. After visiting with the Evaluation Committee and learning about their vision, there was no question that the project was a high priority for us.”
The store will sit on land owned by the Texas A&M System and leased to Brookshire Brothers. A feature company officials think will appeal to college students is the outdoor concert venue with both beer on tap and wine by the glass. The company has a similar music venue at its Canyon Lake, Texas, location that is popular with both visitors and locals.
“I am proud to enter into a partnership with Brookshire Brothers to bring high-quality products and delicious food to the West Campus community,” Chancellor John Sharp said. “Young Aggies undoubtedly will embrace their new community grocer and deli.”
The store is located near the corner of George Bush Drive and Penberthy Boulevard. According to a press release from the Lufkin, Texas-based grocer, the location is ideally situated near student housing and in plain view of two iconic campus landmarks, Kyle Field and Reed Arena.
The new store will serve the students and faculty as well as the tens of thousands of locals and visitors who spend time in and around the University.
Alston said, “Ties to Texas A&M run deep throughout our company. As a former student and graduate of the Mays College of Business, I’m beyond excited for Brookshire Brothers to have the opportunity to serve students, faculty and staff of Texas A&M and the rapidly growing population around West Campus.”
In its 40,000-s.f. space, Brookshire Brothers will bring its signature hot deli and fresh offerings to the college store as well as online shopping with curbside pickup and delivery, fuel and a bakery. An expanded health and wellness focus will include not only a full-service pharmacy with personalized medication counseling, but also immunizations, and at-home testing for flu, UTIs and strep. In addition, the store will have a wide variety of nutritional supplements.
Owned by its 5,500 employees, Brookshire Brothers operates more than 114 retail locations from the Texas Hill Country and to Lake Charles, Louisiana.