Brookshire's Grocery Company is the leader in East Texas for grocery shopping. The family owned behemoth has been in East Texas for almost 100 years and has more than 200 stores not only in East Texas but in Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma, too. Brookshire's Grocery Company also has the Super 1 Foods, Fresh by Brookshire's, Spring Market and Reasor's branded stores. Work has begun on a "new generation store" that will be the tentpole for a new shopping, living and restaurant center on the west side of Tyler.

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New Tyler Development

In early 2023, a press release came from Tour Tyler Texas through Newsbreak that said the Canton Property Group, LLC had sold nine acres to Brookshire's Grocery Company to add a new store in the Bellwood Master Planned Community, otherwise known as Bellwood Park, on the west side of Loop 323 in Tyler. The area is across from Sam's Club. For fans of Brookshire's, this is huge news.

There’s a lot of plans for single family and multi-family residential west of that behind that store. And there’s already restaurants looking over there that have signed leases or letters of intent. - Scott Martinez, CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council

Construction Has Begun

Recently on a Tyler focused Facebook group, a resident asked about the construction that is currently being done at Loop 323 and Earl Campbell Boulevard. Yes, that area will be home to a new Brookshire's store plus a whole lot more. Construction is moving fast, too. I snapped these pictures on Thursday, February 22.

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Bellwood Park

Bellwood Park is a 543 acre development that will house single family homes, shopping, a possible park and maybe even a hotel. Going back to a 2019 article from the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the initial plans were to build a hotel and conference center in that area. A group of investors were seriously looking at that property going back to 2008. The economic recession of that time caused those plans to fall through.

TopGolf and Dave & Busters

There was even talk of building a TopGolf-like entertainment venue. It wouldn't be an actual TopGolf but it would be something similar, which I have suggested before that an East Texan should bring some people together to build something like this. TopGolf is copyrighted and you need to buy a franchise from that company, which is in the millions. But the concept of TopGolf Is Not. Take their idea and recreate it or even improve upon it. Same can be said for Dave & Busters, another coveted entertainment venue for East Texans.

Non-Fans of Brookshire's

For those in East Texas who are not big fans of Brookshire's, this could be disappointing news for them. Those East Texans would love to see some new grocery competition in the area like a Kroger or Texas favorite H-E-B. There is the long rumored but never proven handshake agreement between the founders of Brookshire's and H-E-B that they would never build in their areas.

For now, Brookshire's will remain the King of Groceries in East Texas. We'll have to wait and see if this new Bellwood Park can bring some new stuff to Tyler.

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