ENNIS – After opening the doors to its new location in 2013, Brookshire’s grocery store shuttered operations on Tuesday.

The store opened to much celebration after relocation from the former Super 1 Foods store in the 1200 block of W. Ennis Ave.

“In June, Brookshire Grocery Company announced plans to close the Brookshire’s Food Store located in Ennis. The company continually evaluates store results and future potential, and as such made the difficult but necessary business decision to close this location,” Brookshire’s Corporate Communications Director Ellen Reynolds said.

She noted that Brookshire’s has been in business since 1928 and remains focused on growing its retail footprint. The company acquired 25 former Walmart Express stores last year and reopened them under its Spring Market banner in June 2016. Brookshire’s opened a new store last month in south Louisiana and will open another Louisiana store in late 2017. The company employs 13,650 people and operates 176 stores in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

“The company expressed appreciation for its customers and invites them to visit Spring Market stores in Palmer and Italy, and to use any remaining fuel points at these or other Brookshire Grocery Company locations,” Reynolds continued.

Brookshire’s also has locations at 105 E. Ovilla Road in Red Oak and 1400 E. Main St. in Midlothian.

The 37,400 square-foot Ennis store employed more than 70 people at the time of its closure. Reynolds stated all employees were encouraged to apply for existing job openings in other stores.

Several have already transferred, she said.

Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson said it's tough to see a business close its doors.

“As harsh as it may sound, the free market system works the way it does because it's based on the premise, ‘only the strong survive.' When a local business closes, the customer generally migrates to other local businesses with similar offerings. That said, I hate to see any local business close. Although the impact on the local economy is pretty small — because of the migration I described — the impact on the employees can be quite severe,” Nelson stated. “Brookshire’s leadership and team were our friends and neighbors and we all hope they land on their feet somewhere else in Ennis. From personal experience, Charlie Peek and the Brookshire’s team supported ‘Give A Kid A Chance’ for several years by providing a free breakfast all who attended the back to school event. They are all cherished members of our community.”

Nelson attributed the closure of Ennis Brookshire’s to its location. The store moved from 1205 W. Ennis Ave. to 2300 W. Ennis Ave.

“There are three distinct retail markets and in Ennis, Eastern (Interstate Highway 45), Central (downtown) and Western (Brookshire's area). In order of being ‘value centers,’ the western market is the least prominent,” Nelson explained. “The reason for that is because the most prominent value center is the Eastern Interstate Highway 45 market. The further away a business is from the Eastern market, the harder it is to attract customers. In Brookshire’s case, I thought the combination of higher end products in proximity to our residential neighborhoods would be enough to keep their head above water until the new Sonoma Trail apartment complex opened in the western market.”

Nelson added if another prospective business needs help getting established, the economic development team is available to help as best they can. Offering financial incentives is just one of many things we can do to help, he said.

“Encouraging Retail Development is a high priority,” Nelson stated.

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