WHITESBORO — Riding the momentum gained from opening its first store in Grayson County last year, the Brookshire Grocery Company announced this week the purchase of land in Whitesboro for a second store. Brookshire broke into the Grayson market last year when the grocery store chain opened a location in Pottsboro.

WHITESBORO — Riding the momentum gained from opening its first store in Grayson County last year, the Brookshire Grocery Company announced this week the purchase of land in Whitesboro for a second store. Brookshire broke into the Grayson market last year when the grocery store chain opened a location in Pottsboro.


"It is going to be a nice addition to our community," said Lynda Anderson, economic development director for the Whitesboro Economic Development Corp.


Whitesboro is already serviced by two other grocers: David’s Supermarket, and Clinnon’s Grocery. Despite the three competing grocers, Anderson said the city could support all three, with the addition of the city’s traffic from Lake Texoma visitors and residents.


In a prepared statement, Brookshire, a Tyler-based chain that has locations in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, announced that it had purchased land at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 82 and North Union Street for a new 40,000-square-foot grocery store to serve the Whitesboro area residents.


The budget for the project is estimated at $8 million to $10 million, said Anderson. Outside of groceries, the store will have a florist, drive-thru pharmacy and fuel center. The Brookshire’s location is expected to hire for about 27 full-time positions, and about 40 part-time positions, said Anderson.


Brookshire was offered a 380-381 Economic Agreement as an incentive to come to the community, which will allow the company to recoup some of its property taxes to pay off the costs of construction and upgrades on the property, said Anderson. Unlike the Pottsboro location, whose construction brought a series of infrastructure upgrades to the surrounding area and laid the ground work for future development, the Whitesboro store will be in an area that is already developed. Despite this, Anderson said there has already been other businesses moving in to the area, including a What-A-Burger location, which is expected to open within the next two months.


"Brookshire’s will provide a large benefit by bringing in larger interest from other businesses," said Anderson. "A lot of people will look to Whitesboro as a place to come to."