On September 21, 1921, brothers Austin and Tom Brookshire opened the first Brookshire Brothers grocery store in Lufkin, Texas. However they wanted a regional presence and so they grew to operating 33 grocery stores in East Texas.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Brookshire Brothers company headquartered in Lufkin which has more than 100 stores in many communities in the region, including Carthage, Center, Crockett, Jacksonville, Kaufman, Nacogdoches, and Rusk.
Another family member Wood T. Brookshire opened his own store in downtown Tyler, Texas, September 1, 1928. The Brookshire Grocery Company has grown to include 180 stores in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Besides Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, the company operates Super1 Foods, Fresh by Brookshire’s, and Spring Market.