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Brookshire Grocery Co. opened its first three small-format Spring Market stores in the Texas communities of Frankston, Hughes Springs and Naples. The three stores are the first of 22 more of Spring Market banner stores to be opened in the coming weeks by the Tyler, Texas-based BGC, whose total store will rise to 177 when complete.

As PG reported earlier this year, BGC’s unveiled plans for its new Spring Market banner earlier this year following its acquisition of 25 former Walmart Express stores. The Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pulled the plug on its now defunct Express format in January as part of a retooling of its entire store base.

Standing at approximately 12,000 square feet, Spring Market provides a full shopping experience with produce, dairy, bakery, grocery and health and beauty care, as well as a fuel center. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with several stores set to carry beer and wine.

“My grandfather Wood T. Brookshire opened the company’s first store in 1928 on Spring Avenue in Tyler, Texas, so the ‘Spring Market’ store name represents and honors the company’s great history,” said BGC Chairman/CEO Brad Brookshire. In addition to adding a new dimension to its store portfolio, the company’s “brand new brand,” Brookshire continued, will also “add so many opportunities for our employee/partners…who look forward to serving customers in the new stores and being actively involved in the communities.”

Other Spring Market locations set to open in upcoming weeks include Anson, Diana, DeKalb, Edgewood, Godley, Grandview, Haskell, Italy, Kemp, Leonard, Lone Star, Merkel, Palmer, Redwater, Waskom, Whitewright and Winters (all in Texas), and Colfax, Iowa, Lake Arthur, Mamou and Zwolle (all in Louisiana).

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