Brookshire Grocery Company
|Founded||Tyler, Texas, 1928|
|Headquarters||1600 W. Southwest Loop 323
Tyler, Texas, 75701 USA
|Number of locations||151|
|Key people||Rick Rayford, President and CEO|
|Divisions||Brookshire's Food Stores
Super 1 Foods Stores
Brookshire Grocery Company is a Tyler, Texas-based supermarket chain with 151 stores operating in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Until February 2011, the company had operated four stores in Mississippi but recently pulled out with a sale to Kroger and a local chain, Food Depot.
The company was founded in 1928 by Wood T. and Louise Brookshire, when they opened their first 25 x 100-foot (30 m) store on Tyler’s downtown square. Brookshire's was originally part of the Brookshire Brothers chain, which was founded seven years earlier in Lufkin, Texas. The companies split in 1939, when Wood T. Brookshire took control of the Tyler-area stores in exchange for his share in the Brookshire Brothers partnership. The companies are no longer related except by name.
In the 1940s, the company expanded to other neighboring communities and opened its first shopping center location. Brookshire’s first warehouse opened in Tyler in 1953.
The 1960s saw the company's expansion into Louisiana and the construction of a 175,000-square-foot (16,300 m2) distribution center in Tyler.
In 1984, the company opened the first of several Super 1 Foods stores in Alexandria, LA. Super 1 Foods was originally a no-frills, warehouse format. Initially, stores were opened in recycled buildings to cut down on cost, but later the company began building stores on their own. In several cases (#608 in Shreveport and #612 in Longview), existing Brookshire's stores were closed and demolished to build a Super 1 Foods store. In Marshall and Longview, existing Brookshire's stores were converted to the Super 1 format.
The company opened several Super 1 Foods stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the late 1990s and early 2000s, some of which were replacements for nearby Brookshire's locations. The company sold all metro area stores to (now defunct) Fleming, which re-branded them as Rainbow Foods. All Rainbow stores were closed when Fleming went out of business.
In 2012, a new format Super 1 Foods store was built in Carencro, LA., with a new floorplan and decor package that would be rolled out to all the other stores. A similar store was built to replace #610 in Tyler.
The Brookshire Grocery Company also opened FRESH by Brookshire's in Tyler, TX on March 10, 2011.
Today the company has more than 13,795 employee/partners at over 150 locations.
Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament raises upwards of $230,000 annually for community service efforts. The company’s Adopt-A-School Program teams up employee/partners with neighborhood schools and students to provide support for mentoring programs.
The company also operates three distribution facilities — two based in Tyler, Texas, and one in Monroe, La. — with more than 2 million total square feet and a company fleet of 72 tractors and more than 300 trailers. BGC’s internal manufacturing facilities include bakery, dairy, ice cream, yogurt, fresh-cut, ice and water/drink plants, all in the Tyler area.
In 2002, Brookshire's bought four Albertsons stores in Mississippi These stores were located at 5841 Ridgewood Road in North Jackson, 2861 Terry Road in South Jackson, 7045 Old Canton Road in Ridgeland and 143 Albertsons Drive in Flowood. The North Jackson store was the newest of the four locations, having opened in 2001, while the other area stores in South Jackson, Flowood, and Ridgeland having opened in 1997.
On February 11, 2010; after a decline in market grocery shares against Kroger and Walmart, Brookshire's exited Mississippi with a sale of the Flowood and Ridgeland stores to Kroger and the closure of the two Jackson stores. In late 2011, Brookshire's sold their South Jackson store to Kosciusko, MS based supermarket chain FOOD DEPOT, operated by Potter and Sims Foods. The North Jackson location was still closed as of January 2012.
- "Brookshire Grocery Company." The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved on February 13, 2011.