Brookshire's receives incentives to build a store in Whitesboro

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

WHITESBORO, TEXAS -- Grayson County Commissioners have approved an economic incentive to persuade Brookshire's grocery store to open a location in Whitesboro.

While many are excited about the possibility of having a new grocer in town, some say it's not fair the incentives that they're giving the big box grocer compared to local retailers.

For 33 years, Clinnon's grocery store in Whitesboro has been "the biggest little store" in town.

But now that Brookshire's might be rolling out another store in Texoma, off 82 and 377 in Whitesboro, Clinnon's owner says their mom and pop store could be in danger.

Whitesboro city leaders confirm Brookshire's has requested financial incentives to set up a grocery store in the city.

"They came to us and asked for certain incentives," Lynda Anderson with Whitesboro Economic Development Corporation said.

"They are looking at multiple sites and based on the incentives that were offered, they will choose which site that they will develop," Whitesboro City Administrator Mike Marter said.

Tuesday morning, Grayson County Commissioners approved an agreement that would reimburse part of Brookshire's property taxes over time.

Commissioner Jeff Whitmire says incentives like this can be persuasive, but sometimes harmful to existing businesses, like Clinnon's.

"If there's not a competitor already, great, let's go ahead and do it. I don't feel comfortable really using that as a tool to enhance a competitive situation," Whitmire said.

Clinnon's owner declined going on camera, but did say she agrees with Whitmire.

Whitesboro economic developers say a Brookshire's would be great for the city and would add almost 30 jobs to the work force.

"I think it would be very exciting because there is a lot that is involved, like a gas station and multiple things, not just a grocery store," Anderson said.

Whitesboro city leaders say they should know by the end of June whether or not Brookshire's will be coming to town.

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