Brookshire’s, a grocery chain in East Texas, was first part of Brookshire Brother’s. The two companies went their separate ways when Wood T. Brookshire took over control of the stores in the Tyler, Texas area in 1929 in exchange for his share of the Brookshire Brother’s partnership. The name is the only thing that links the companies now.
September 21, 1921 marked the opening of the first Brookshire Brother’s store. It was started by two of the Brookshire brothers, Tom and Austin. The family, as well as cousins and friends, banded together to work toward making Brookshire Brother’s a strong company in the East Texas region. The burgeoning business soon grew to 33 stores by 1928. The split of the partnership left Brookshire Brother’s and the Brookshire Grocery Company as two separate entities.
Brookshire Brother’s purchased the Lufkin Produce Company and Moore Grocery in 1952 and relocated to Lufkin where their headquarters remains today. This was the beginning of the brother’s ventures into wholesale trade and they began selling to other stores. Since then, they constructed corporate offices and a warehouse, but are still located in Lufkin.
The following generation of Brookshires oversaw significant growth in the company. They expanded to 69 stores not only in the eastern portion of Texas, but also western Louisiana as well. Budget Chopper and B&B Foods were also added to the Brookshire Brother’s banner. In 1991, the company diversified, opening its first gas station, all to provide their customers a clean, attractive, and convenient location to purchase fuel. Today, Brookshire Brother’s is one of the leading retailers of Conoco Phillips gasoline. In 1997, the company diversified again opening its first Tobacco Barn offering their customers a full line of tobacco products. They combined one of their gasoline stations and a Tobacco Barn in 1999, continually striving to meet their consumer’s needs.
As the age of the brothers increased, they determined to transfer their company to their family: their employees. Ownership of stock in Brookshire Brother’s soon began until where today, 100% of the company is now owned by the employees of Brookshire Brother’s
Headquarters: Lufkin, Texas
Number of Stores: 70
Annual Revenue: $1.3 billion
Number of Employees: 5,600
Geography: Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana
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