Brookshire’s, a regional grocery store, will close its sole Denton location next month because of declining sales.
Company officials confirmed Thursday that the store is closing along with two others in the region that are underperforming, said Ellen Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Tyler-based Brookshire Grocery Co. The Super 1 Foods store in McKinney and the Brookshire’s in Lake Worth will also close in late July.
“Closing these stores will allow the company to reinvest in higher-potential markets as it continues its growth plan,” the company statement reads. “BGC appreciates our customers for their patronage, and we are proud of the great employees/partners who will continue to provide outstanding service throughout the closing process.”
The company notes in the statement that since 2016, the company has added 28 stores, and will continue to serve more than 150 communities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Brookshire’s took over the location at 719 S. Interstate 35E in 2002 following an acquisition from Winn-Dixie, Reynolds said.
A poster on the store’s entrance says the pharmacy will close operations on July 2, and the store will close “on or around” July 23. All files and prescriptions will be available at CVS Pharmacy at 3200 Teasley Lane on July 3.
The store is the only grocery in the immediate area for several apartment communities. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data, the surrounding area is already considered a “level orange” food desert — the second of four rankings that score the accessibility to grocery stores for fresh food. This means most residents are more than half a mile from the nearest supermarket.
For nearby residents, the grocery store’s closure will mean a loss of convenience. Shawn Eagle, a resident in the Southridge neighborhood, said he’d stop by the store multiple times a week for close to 10 years to pick up groceries.
“The main thing, and I’ve talked to friends of mine in the neighborhood, is the convenience of it,” he said. “We never load up and get all of our groceries at once there, but we stop in to get a few things multiple times each week.”
He regularly sees groups of people from the surrounding apartment complexes walking to the store. Eagle said he’s more concerned about how the closure will affect people who rely on having a grocery store in walking distance.
“People in Southridge will be fine because they drive anyways, but I constantly see groups of people walking from the apartments, so for them it’s going to hurt quite a bit,” he said.