Groundbreaking for Pottsboro's new grocery store

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POTTSBORO, TX-- Construction on Pottsboro's new grocery store is underway at the intersections of FM 120 and Highway 289.

Tyler, TX based, Brookshire's, officially broke ground Thursday morning. After four years of not having a grocery store, residents said they are ready to shop at home.

"Not only do we feel like it's going to bring more citizens to locate here permanently, we think more of the tourists that go to the lake will stop here to do their shopping for their boats, for the picnics," Wanda Poe said.

Even though the bakery, pharmacy and fresh produce store might cost a little more, Mayor Frank Budra said overall, it'll save residents money.

"There is going to be a price difference in perhaps Brookeshires and Walmart, I think it's something like 2% or 3%," explained Budra. "Now if you absorb the cost the gas to go to town and the time to go to town, and the fact that you're shopping locally, supporting a local business, it's well worth it."

It will take about a year and $11 million dollars to build the 37,000 square foot grocery store. The store itself sits 6.3 acres of land, but it's surrounded by more than 40 acres.

"This area, this tracked of 40 some odd, 47 acres, will become a major major shopping center," Budra said. "It will probably be like Town Center in Sherman very shortly. And we are told there are a number of projects just waiting to go in here, waiting for Brookshire's to go in."

Brookshire's Board President, Brad Brookshire, said Pottsboro is the perfect place to build their 153rd store.

"It's got lake influence, but it's also got the Pottsboro and the smaller towns around Pottsboro too, it's just a great combination for us."