On September 1, 1928, the late Wood T. Brookshire opened a small grocery store on the courthouse square in downtown Tyler, Texas.
Mr. Brookshire began with four employees in a small, 2,500-square-feet store. He possessed enthusiasm, aggressiveness and the desire to give his customers the best service possible. He soon knew all his customers by name and had them bringing new customers into his store.
Today, the company has grown to include more than 150 stores – operating under the brands of Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and FRESH by Brookshire’s.
The company currently operates more than 30 Super 1 Foods stores throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Super 1 Foods is our value brand, focused on providing the best price to our customers. These stores have a warehouse-style feel, with the signature Wall of Values located at the front of the store with the best deals on everything from food items to household products. Many Super 1 Foods also provide upscale full-service specialty departments like bakeries, delis, fresh meat and seafood departments and pharmacies.
Through the years, Brookshire Grocery Co. has maintained a philosophy of self-sufficiency and has provided many career opportunities by operating its own support departments, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and by generally providing most of the services necessary to keep the company growing.
At BGC, our number one focus is on people. Our tradition of outstanding service was instilled many years ago when Wood T. Brookshire made the decision to place the customer as his top priority. This same commitment extends to our employee/partners – the more than 13,000 people who help make BGC successful every day.
Brookshire Grocery Co. is leader in the grocery industry and always looking to modernize, improve and grow. The company has come a long way since 1928 – but is still focused on offering the same exceptional customer service it was founded on. Our mission is to make our communities better through our people, our products, our stores and our service.
At the heart of everything we do at Brookshire Grocery Co. is honesty, integrity and ethical business principles. We always strive to be transparent with our employees/partners, suppliers and customers.
We are proud of our reputation for great service, generosity, and involvement with communities. Each year, we donate millions of dollars and millions of pounds of product to charitable service organizations. Our employees/partners are actively involved in the communities where they serve, and we make it a top priority to not only help those in need, but to build solid relationships with those in our communities. Our corporate giving program supports more than 800 non-profit organizations annually.
Improving the Environment
We are also extremely aware of the impact our business has on the environment. We continually look for ways to improve sustainability. We have been recognized by Progressive Grocer magazine for our outstanding green initiatives. Our new concept store, FRESH by Brookshire’s, has been certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a nationally recognized standard for high performance green buildings.
Diversity and Inclusion
At BGC, we value all perspectives and know a diverse work force increases our ability to interact and engage with our customers. We welcome global perspectives and strive to empower our partners with the right tools needed for their success. We believe that our differences make us each unique, and we know these traits are valuable in connecting with and providing the right foods and products for our consumers. Our company promotes a positive work environment in which everyone – partners, suppliers and customers – are treated with equality and respect.
We understand and recognize what different talents bring to the table – and that these diversities make us better.