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Brownwood may be getting a United Supermarket soon

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 03 2014 07:08:26 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 04 2014 11:29:02 AM CST

The Brownwood Economic Development Corporation's (BEDC) Executive Director Emily Crawford said the city has been negotiating a business deal with United Supermarket for the past 18 months and is getting closer to bringing the grocery store to town.

"This is a large development for the city of Brownwood. It's going to make a huge difference for the city in regards to sales tax and property taxes as well as jobs created for our community and we're very pleased about that."

Crawford said the development will provide about 150 new jobs, 35% of which will be full-time with benefits.

Although Walmart, Kroger and Brookshire's are currently Brownwood's main hubs for grocery shopping, Crawford said United Way will offer more variety and options for residents.

"You know, competition's always good. Here's an opportunity for a new store to come in and I think it just gives our residents more options as far as grocery stores are concerned," said Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree. "We're looking forward to them coming. We know their reputation is good. We're about as far south as they come and we're just excited for them to be here."

United Supermarkets is expected to be built on Commerce Street where the old Bruner Auto facility was located. Rountree said it will be around 40,000 square feet.

According to Crawford, the BEDC and City Council recently approved a $360,000 infrastructure incentive for United Supermarkets. "That is to assist with the development cost of property." She said there is an increased cost to develop the site due to its location being in a flood zone.

United Supermarket hopes to open by summer of 2015.