Fifty years…man, a lot can change in 50 years.
For instance, take 1961—the year Brookshire’s first opened in Shreveport.
John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States, while East Germany erected the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin.
Either a half gallon of milk or five pounds of sugar would run you a little more than four bits. Scanning checkout wouldn’t appear in our grocery stores for another 18 years!
And moving across the state line into Louisiana was a bold move for Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire’s, which operated only 16 stores at the time. But on February 9, they did just that, opening Store No. 17 on Lakeshore in Shreveport. That was followed by the opening of Store No. 18 on Fern on March 14 in Shreveport.
Now, our company employs about 1,500 people in Shreveport and northwest Louisiana alone.
When I think about the stores and partners we have at locations such as Line Avenue, Pines Road, Greenwood Road, Bert Kouns, North Market, Mansfield Road and Kings Highway, I realize we have some of the best supermarkets and service-oriented people in the industry today.
We also have some of the best customers, those who love “their store” and have remained loyal Brookshire’s shoppers the entire half-century of our existence in Shreveport. As life as we know it continues to change so rapidly, I hope the relationship Brookshire’s has with Shreveport and its surrounding communities will always remain the same.
Here’s to us…happy anniversary!