Brookshire Brothers

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Brookshire Brothers
Type Private employee-owned company
Industry Retail (Grocery)
Founded Lufkin, Texas, 1921
Headquarters Lufkin, Texas USA
Number of locations 72 (prior to 2014 acquisition of David's Supermarkets)
Key people Austin and Tom Brookshire, Founders
Divisions Brookshire Brothers Fresh Harvest
B & B Foods
Budget Chopper
Celebration Foods
Polk Pick-It-Up (Polk Oil)
Website www.brookshirebrothers.com

Brookshire Brothers Grocery /ˈbrʊkʃər/ is a supermarket retailer headquartered in Lufkin, Texas.[1]

Brookshire Brothers operates 70 stores under the names Brookshire Brothers and B&B Foods, and seven stand-alone pharmacies in a market area covering Texas and Louisiana. The company purchased convenience store operator Polk Oil in 2007; Polk operates 32 stores as a subsidiary of Brookshire Brothers.

In 1998 Brookshire operated about ten stores in suburban areas in Greater Houston. Carol Bradley, a spokesperson, said that Brookshire keeping prices and media attention low helped it stay in the Greater Houston market. Brookshire Brothers executives resisted efforts from CNN to have a feature made about the chain; while many grocery stores are in favor of media attention, Brookshire Brothers did not want additional media exposure.[2]

On February 28, 1999, Brookshire Brothers had 12 Houston area locations, making $103.4 million in annual sales from those locations. It had 2% of the Houston grocery market. It had 141 Houston area employees.[3] In July 1999 Brookshire had 1.8% of the Houston grocery market.[4]

History[edit]

Brookshire Brothers was founded in Lufkin in 1921.[5]

Another East Texas grocery chain, Brookshire's, was originally part of Brookshire Brothers. The companies split in 1937, when Wood T. Brookshire took control of the Tyler-area stores in exchange for his share in the Brookshire Brothers partnership.[6] The companies are no longer related except by name.

By February 2014, talks were underway for Brookshire Brothers to acquire David's Supermarkets, a small, mostly-rural chain of grocery locations in north and northeast Texas.[7] In early April, the deal was completed. Ten of the David's locations, including a David's Express and the Pecan Foods store would have their names remain, while the other 15 will have the Brookshire Brothers name.[8][9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Company." Brookshire Brothers. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
  2. ^ Elder, Laura. "Independent grocers find growth despite gargantuan competition." Houston Business Journal. Sunday February 1, 1998. Retrieved on August 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Hassell, Greg. "CHRONICLE 100 LEADING COMPANIES OF HOUSTON / Grocers getting food for thought." Houston Chronicle. Sunday May 23, 1999. Special Section, Page 38. Retrieved on December 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Sit-DuVall, Mary. "`Right' store was ripe for picking / Randalls joins trend with deal." Houston Chronicle. Saturday July 24, 1999. Business 1. Retrieved on December 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Brookshire Brothers." The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved on April 14, 2010.
  6. ^ "Brookshire Grocery Company." The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved on April 14, 2010.
  7. ^ Haynes, Danielle. "David's Supermarkets in talks to be sold." Kaufman Herald, February 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  8. ^ "Brookshire Brothers to convert most Davids", Supermarket News, April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  9. ^ "Lufkin-based grocer purchases David's Supermarkets", Glen Rose Reporter, April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  10. ^ Danielle Haynes, "Brookshire Brothers buys David's Supermarkets", Kaufman Herald, April 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  11. ^ Lufkin-Based Grocer Expands its Footprint", The Brookshire Brothers Blog, April 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-10.

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