ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - Residents from Zavalla and throughout Angelina County gathered at the new Brookshire Brothers Express for Wednesday's ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration.
It's the Lufkin-based company's 149th retail location. The 13,222 square-foot store, located at 198 East Main Street is a blend of grocery and convenience.
"Our new store is tailored to meet the needs of the people of Southern Angelina County and the hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts who visit the area," said Sally Alvis, a spokesperson for Brookshire Brothers. "Shoppers were thrilled today with the selection. From the drive-thru window where they can grab get-and-go meals and our famous fried chicken to a pallet of deer corn out front to fresh fruit and veggies, baked goods, fishing tackle inside, customers say the company 'got it right' when merchandising the store for their town."
Brookshire Bros. Chief Operating Officer John Alston welcomed the crowd of approximately 250 people and introduced Josh Higgins, the store's director. Higgins said he hopes that store's wide array of merchandise will keep his customers from having to drive a long way to find what they need.
Alston said he thinks the people in the Zavalla area will be pleased to have access produce, fresh-cut meat and a "fresh deli that has a lot of fried chicken."
"They city and people in this community around the area are so pleased that you chose this town," said Zavalla Mayor Jimmy Davis.
Founded in 1921, Brookshire Brothers is 100 percent employee-owned. The company's assets include 149 retail outlets - grocery stores, convenience stores, and free-standing pharmacy, tobacco, and fuel locations. Another Brookshire Brothers Express location will be opening in Apple springs in early fall.