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Pittsburg Celebrates Remodel

Shoppers in Pittsburg, Texas, are now enjoying an exciting, new shopping experience in an extensively remodeled and expanded Brookshire’s store.

Approximately 10,000 square feet of shopping space has been added to the store, which features new and expanded produce, bakery and deli departments.

The store also boasts a new fuel station kiosk, new office and restrooms, a modernized store front, new flooring, lighting and décor throughout the interior.

Expanded varieties and quantities of products are offered in nearly every area of the store. Store director Lane Garland said partners and customers alike are excited about the “new” store. “The remodeling process was well worth the wait,” Garland said. 

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Produce Managers Receive Recognition

Out of twenty-five winners selected nationally, three BGC produce managers — Richard Bixler, Chris Hood and John Smith — have been named United Fresh Produce Association Produce Managers of the Year for 2009.

Each of these employees, along with their respective perishable supervisors, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Las Vegas April 22-24, courtesy of United Fresh, where they will be honored at the organization’s annual convention.

Richard Bixler is a 6-year employee who serves at Brookshire’s in Sweetwater, Texas; Chris Hood is a 12-year employee and serves at Super 1 Foods on Troup Hwy. in Tyler, Texas; and John Smith, who serves at Super 1 Foods in Ruston, La., has 36 years of service.

Bixler, Hood and Smith were selected for this honor based on their achievements during the past year in the areas of innovative merchandising, special displays, sampling programs, produce industry campaigns, commodity promotions, community service and outreach, recognition and responsibilities within the company, commitment to customer satisfaction, and their promotion of fresh produce.

I am very excited that out of the few produce managers selected nationally for this award, three of them are from BGC,” said Mark Walden, vice president – retail perishable operations. “This is a record number for our company. I am very proud of Richard, Chris and John and know they will represent our company well at the United Fresh convention.”

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BGC Manufacturing Wins Industry Awards

Known throughout the industry for award-winning products, Brookshire Grocery Co. Manufacturing has captured six top honors at the All Star Dairy Association’s 51st annual convention in St. Petersburg, Fl.
The company’s ice cream, yogurt, sour cream and dairy plants each won “Best Plant” awards, and the ice cream and dairy plants also received “Exceeds Industry Standards” awards. The company has won the “Best Ice Cream Plant Award” eight times and the “Best Dairy Plant Award” six times.
BGC Manufacturing products continue to gain popularity and market share as more and more customers experience the great quality and taste we have to offer. Exciting new lines like our Supreme BlendTM frozen dessert will enhance store-brand popularity and sales even more,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “These awards are a tremendous and well-deserved tribute to our manufacturing team.”

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Brookshire’s Set to Reopen in Shreveport

Officials will begin the grand reopening of the 38,500-square-foot Brookshire’s store on Bert Kouns in Shreveport on Wednesday, January 7, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m.
A major renovation project has given the store a completely different look inside and out, and major improvements include a pharmacy expanded within existing space and remodeled with a new drive-through window, floral department boasting a new work station, and bakery, deli, market and produce departments featuring new cases and increased varieties of products.
“Ever since work started in May we’ve been anxiously awaiting our reopening,” said Kevin Westbrook, store director. “We’re proud of the outcome and look forward to serving customers in a fresh, good-as-new environment.”
Westbrook said he expects customers will appreciate the new flooring, décor and store front designed in earth tones of sage, clay and bronze–something unique in the company’s 156-store grocery chain. He’s also increased the staff by approximately 15 people to offer the best service possible.
The pharmacy’s drive-through, open during pharmacy hours only, provides added convenience as do separate windows inside for prescription drop-off, pick-up and consultation, as well as an extra register. The pharmacy operates 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Complementing the market’s stock of meats are a new seafood case, lobster tank and a new recipe kiosk to offer meal solutions. The deli features a new hot case for entrees and a new cheese case, and the bakery boasts new fresh bread cases. Produce received additional racks to expand its selection with a host of organic and natural items.
The store can now operate nine checkstands with new register systems at the front, including two new self-checkout lanes. 
Beer is now stocked in coolers near the back of the store, and wine has been relocated to its own section up front.
The store will operate seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“When you walk in, you think you’re in a new store. That’s how much work has been done and how we’ve rearranged departments in here,” Westbrook said. “One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to taking care of people.”

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New Location In Seagoville

The company opened its new location in Seagoville, Texas, a 31,000 square-foot store located at 125 Hall Road, on October 1.

A former Minyard store, the building allowed for space to offer pharmacy services in Seagoville. The store now features Brookshire’s traditional grocery, market, produce, bakery and deli departments, as well.

Brookshire’s hired 25 to 30 additional employees with the move. The company has operated a store in Seagoville since 1997, when it acquired its former building from Food Lion.

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Company Honors Department Leaders

Brookshire Grocery Co. has announced departmental Managers of the Year for market, deli, bakery, produce and pharmacy departments.




The 2008 Managers of the Year are:

Market Manager of the Year – Brookshire’s:
David Gray, No. 57 in Haughton, La.

Market Manager of the Year – Super 1 Foods
Jan Warner, No. 616 in Bossier City, La.

Deli Manager of the Year – Brookshire’s
Kelvin Whitaker, No. 24 in Shreveport, La.

Deli Manager of the Year – Super 1 Foods
Ann Kale, No. 606 in Longview, Texas

Bakery Manager of the Year – Brookshire’s
Beth Owens, No. 14 in Paris, Texas

Bakery Manager of the Year – Super 1 Foods
Gloria Harris, No. 608 in Shreveport, La.

Produce Manager of the Year – Brookshire’s
Richard Bixler, No. 117 in Sweetwater, Texas

Produce Manager of the Year – Super 1 Foods
Larry Evans, No. 618 in Texarkana, Texas

Companywide Pharmacy Managers of the Year

Randall Miller, No. 4 in Emory, Texas
Coretta Harris, No. 37 in Shreveport, La.

“We are very proud of each of these leaders and all the others who were honored during our recent recognition outings,” said President and CEO Rick Rayford, who attended and spoke at each of the events. “Through their continued loyalty and commitment to BELIEVING in our company, in themselves and in their fellow partners, our departmental managers have a tremendous impact on making Brookshire Grocery Co. a great place to work and a great place to shop.”

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Brookshire’s Collect Backpacks

Tyler and Longview-area Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores recently collected new backpacks to benefit the KVNE/KGLY Mission Backpack.

The backpacks will be delivered to PATH of Tyler and Buckner Children and Family Services of Longview for distribution to underprivileged children in east Texas and Dallas-based Orphan Outreach to be sent to orphan children in Russia.

Collections totaled more than 400 backpacks. Leah Coombs and Margie Shafer of KVNE/KGLY picked up the backpacks from the Brookshire Grocery Co. distribution center in Tyler.

“We are very grateful to Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods for partnering with us to make this a successful backpack collection,” said Leah Coombs, director of community outreach and donor relations for KVNE/KGLY.

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Truck Drivers Capture State Titles

Brookshire Grocery Co. truck drivers have once again outperformed drivers from other companies at state competitions.
Huey Davenport, Brian Brown and Tony Hester from BGC’s Monroe Distribution Center each captured first place in the flatbed, 4-axle and 5-axle van divisions, respectively, at the Louisiana Motor Transportation Association’s competition held June 6-7 in Baton Rouge. Along with Dan Pereira (second place, sleeper division), Salvador Mora and Marvin Miles, the group won the overall state team competition with the most points.
Francis Matlock from the company’s Tyler Distribution Center placed first in the 5-axle division and was named the overall state truck driving champion at Texas Motor Transportation Association’s competition held June 13-14 in College Station. Van Trimble won first place in the best pre-trip division and technician David Jackson won first place in the tire trouble-shooting division.
Matlock, Davenport, Brown and Hester have qualified for the American Transportation Association’s national competition set for Houston, Texas, in August.
“Our team consistently ranks at the top of the class in the trucking industry, and we’re fortunate to have partners who make safety and professionalism their top priorities,” said Scott Reily, vice president of logistics for BGC. “We know they will represent us well at nationals.”

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Grand Opening in Anna, Texas

The big news in Anna, Texas, on Wednesday, July 2, was the grand opening of the new Brookshire’s Food Store, with customers pouring in to get great deals and meet the staff. A ribbon cutting kicked off activities with county commissioners proclaiming it “Brookshire’s Day in Collin County.”

A day earlier local officials and business leaders packed the store for an open house that included food samples, store tours and entertainment.

Among the many features of the 44,800-square-foot store are a self-service fuel center, pharmacy with a drive-through, tasting center and a coffee bar.
“This is a growing community that was being underserved from a grocery standpoint,” said Store Director Donald Nutt. “This is an upscale store with a lot of services and amenities, and it should fulfill a definite void in grocery convenience for this area. We’re happy to be here and thank everyone who had a part in getting this store open!”

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Tony Hester Receives Driving Honor

Tony Hester, a truck driver at Brookshire Grocery Company’s Monroe Distribution Center, just completed one million miles of safe driving for the company.
Employees and family welcomed Tony back from his milestone run on Friday, June 20, with a celebratory banner and cookout.
“Tony is a very skilled, very well-respected truck driver,” said Scott Reily, vice president of logistics for BGC. “We are very proud of Tony and commend him on this great achievement.”
Hester will receive a specially designed “million mile” ring at the company’s safe driving awards ceremony.

Hester is the seventh driver to receive this honor at BGC.

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