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Home Care In Brookshire, TX

Home Care Brookshire, TX

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Donigan House gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Brookshire, TX is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Acceptable service but pricey”


“Acceptable service but pricey”


“I have somebody from Always Best Care coming in three days a week. They're always very polite, very caring, and dependable, and they're always there for your needs. I have been using them for two years now. Mainly, this lady comes and drives me to my doctor's appointments, to shopping, and to whatever I ask her to do. She also washes clothes for me on the days we don't go out. She does different little things that I need. She is very polite and always on time, and I just pay once a month. They're good.”

Teresa C.

“Great support when caring for my mother at home. She loved the staff that took care of her and I was very pleased with the communication, service and responsiveness. THANK YOU”

Cindy W.

“Karena and her team do amazing work and provide outstanding service. I would highly recommend giving them a call for your loved one! They go above and beyond to service the aging population in the community. Call Always Best Care today.”

Steven J.

“Working for always Best care in Houston tx I love it so much”

Erica C.

“If you’re looking for somewhere to take care of your loved ones this home care is the best. They take pride in their work and always have empathy and compassion for their clients.”

The M.

“My 91 year old father, who is a stroke patient, came to live with me and my husband 3 years ago after my mother passed away. We struggled weekly to get him to take a bath with assistance by my husband. On the agreed scheduled day for bathing, my father would "feel bad" and negotiate a later date. Bathing a partly paralyzed, uncooperative adult is not easy. So last fall when my husband and I were going to travel overseas for our 25th wedding anniversary, we needed help. Our son was coming to live at our house to take care of my father . It was not appropriate for our son to bathe his grandfather. So my father's doctor recommended I contact Karena Kirk with Always Best Care Senior Services. I had never considered using outside care for my father. Best phone call I have ever made. Ms. Kirk came to meet with me to discuss my father's needs. My father was very reluctant at first. But after the first bathing event, HE IS IN LOVE. Ms. Kirk was gentle, kind, engaging in conversation and asking my father regarding what he needed in this new care relationship. My father knows that his bath schedule is every Monday and Friday and looks forward to Ms. Kirk and her staff coming to care for him. He has in-depth talks and loves their visits. Ms. Kirk and her staff will do other chores like changing out his bedding and washing the linens and his clothes. Any other tasks that I need assistance with they are more than happy to help. It has changed all of our lives for the better.”

Michelle E.

“Karena, Roxane and the team at Always Best Care, provide amazing service in a time when good service is hard to find. They are a resource for families in time of need. I highly recommend if you have a loved one needing assistance full time or for a few hours. They accommodate for everyone's needs.”

Drew S.

“Heaven sent this group of compassionate caregivers into our lives! Everyone who has cared for our Mom has a light within. Having this extended family support is a treasure!”

Kalynn O.

“Karena is amazing, she is very interested in your family and is willing to help in whatever way she is able. She and her staff are very flexible as well!!”


“Karena, Roxane and the team of Always Best Care, provide excellent service in a time where quality care is hard to find. I would highly recommend their service if you have a loved one who needs personal assistance from full-time or just a few hours. They are a huge resource for families and provide peace of mind. They accommodate for each individuals needs.”

Andrew S.

“ABC has become our extended family in caring for our Mom. From taking her to doctor appointments to in home care as needed, they provide excellent compassionate care. The prompt feedback and easy billing is a blessing too. They are heaven sent!”

Kalynn O.

“Always Best Care was literally a godsend for my family! From my first phone call with Roxane who was able to put an amazing team of caregivers in the hospital that day for the my dad's 10 week stay (which included Hurricane Harvey) through the next 5 months in a skilled nursing facility, ABC never let me down. The kindness and quality of ABC's caregivers and the way Karena manages her company exceeded what I thought was possible based on my prior 10 years of experience with other outside caregivers during my mom's decline from Alzheimer's. With no family in Houston, knowing I could count on Roxane's and Karena's caring oversight and communication enabled me to advocate for my dad from out of state and gave me peace of mind to be able to honor his wish to stay in Houston. The kindness and skills of ABC's caregivers were extraordinary (and I have very high expectations)! They became extended family for which I will always be grateful.”

Kim R.

“I hired Always Best Care Senior Services. They take care of my brother while I'm at work. They make sure he takes his medications, they help him go to the bathroom, and they make sure he eats his dinner. They're patient and caring.”


“Karena Kirk and her staff were a Godsend to my dad and to me! He passed away last November at 104. The care and attention he received from Always Best Care played a huge part in the quality of his life right up until the end. Karena and Roxane were always there to make sure things ran smoothly and on many occasion going above and beyond the call of duty. I will always be grateful for how that reduced the stress of me being the only child, living out-of-town. They had my complete trust and my dad loved them.”

Lee P.

“Always Best Care provided superb care, for both my mom and dad, for a combined total of 6 years. As a result, my parents were able to live out their lives in their own home. Their caregivers provided daily comfort, care, and kept them safe during their difficult final years. We were truly blessed to have the right caregivers for our parents. Thank You Karena!”


“True expert in all senior care services!!!! I won't use anyone else.”

Katherine B.

“Very helpful and knowledgeable company.”

Andrew F.

“Providing so many different valuable services with years of experience”

Bridgette B.

“I have used this company for 5 months. Their caregivers are dependable, professional and caring. Their service has been a step above other agencies that I have dealt with. My contact Ms. Kirk is very thorough and knowledgeable. She goes out of her way to help the clients.”


What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Brookshire, TX?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Brookshire, TX

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Brookshire City Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Ernesto's Mexican Restaurant or visit The Waller County Historical Museum, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Brookshire, TX

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Brookshire, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your TX's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Brookshire, TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Casa de Nuez
  • Brookshire Residence and Rehabilitation Center
  • Willow River Farms
  • Ms.G's Personal Touch living
  • Regis Care Homes
  • Always Home Assisted Living
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Brookshire, TX 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Brookshire, TX

Why Did Tesla Lease 1 Million SF in Houston?

BROOKSHIRE, Texas – (Realty News Report) – Tesla leased a 1,040,000 SF warehouse/distribution facility in Brookshire, about 30 miles west of Houston, according to the fourth quarter industrial research report from the Transwestern real estate firm.As its long-standing practice, Tesla does not release details about such things. The Austin-based vehicle manufacturer does not have a media relations staff, unlike most publicly traded firms. So speculation arises.Tesla is expected to use the Brookshire space for battery ...

BROOKSHIRE, Texas – (Realty News Report) – Tesla leased a 1,040,000 SF warehouse/distribution facility in Brookshire, about 30 miles west of Houston, according to the fourth quarter industrial research report from the Transwestern real estate firm.

As its long-standing practice, Tesla does not release details about such things. The Austin-based vehicle manufacturer does not have a media relations staff, unlike most publicly traded firms. So speculation arises.

Tesla is expected to use the Brookshire space for battery storage and producing battery cells used in its electric cars, according to the Electrek publication.

The Brookshire site, located on Interstate 10, is about 120 miles from Tesla’s Austin Gigafactory where 3,000 Model Y Tesla vehicles are produced per week. Tesla’s Cybertruck, a pickup, is slated to be built there, also.

Developed by Stream Realty Partners, the new Tesla facility is located in the Empire West Business Park at the corner of Interstate10 and Empire Blvd. in Brookshire.

Tesla’s site is located in what Transwestern classifies as the Katy/Far West submarket of Houston.

Stream Realty Partner’s Empire West Business Park , a 300-acre project, has 5,000 feet of Interstate 10 and Highway 90 frontage with a dedicated east/west exit to the site. The roadways open up distribution reach to Austin, San Antonio and south/central Texas, and other parts of Houston. The business park is near facilities operated by Amazon, Costco, Domino’s, Igloo and Medline and Rooms-to-Go.

In Austin, Tesla has a massive footprint – and a 4 million SF vehicle plant. A number of additional Elon Musk ventures are located in the Austin area.

In Angleton, about 40 miles south of Houston, Tesla subsidiary, called Gambit Energy Storage, has been constructing a massive utility-scale battery operation that will be connected to the much-maligned Texas electric grid, according to news reports. The 100 megawatt energy storage project could power 20,000 homes on a summer day, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

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Brookshire Grocery Co. to sell pharmacy business to Walgreens

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Brookshire Grocery Co. announced on Tuesday they have reached an agreement with Walgreens where they will acquire the company’s 120 pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.Brookshire Grocery said the vast majority of these locations...

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Brookshire Grocery Co. announced on Tuesday they have reached an agreement with Walgreens where they will acquire the company’s 120 pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Brookshire Grocery said the vast majority of these locations are being converted to Walgreens pharmacies that will operate inside of their stores.

“The pharmacy industry has become increasingly complex over the past few years, and it was important to us to find a business leader that has the capabilities to focus on providing exceptional pharmacy services and value to our customers,” Chairman and CEO of Brookshire Grocery Co. Brad Brookshire said.

Eligible Brookshire pharmacy employees will be offered employment with Walgreens, and the grocery company said pharmacy customers do not need to take any action for their prescriptions to be transferred over.

“Customers’ prescriptions will transfer to Walgreens automatically,” Brookshire Grocery Co. said in a release. “Customers will receive notification in the mail along with details about their prescriptions.”

As part of the agreement, a select few pharmacy locations will close and those patient files will transfer to either another in-store pharmacy at Brookshire’s or a nearby Walgreens retail pharmacy, according to Brookshire Grocery Co. The grocery company said customers at these locations will be notified in the coming weeks and their prescription files will transfer automatically to nearby Walgreens or Brookshire in-store pharmacy locations.

The pharmacies in Brookshire Grocery Reasor’s stores in Oklahoma are not included in the transaction, and the company said they will remain under Brookshire brand and ownership.

“Walgreens has a long history of serving communities throughout the U.S., and we look forward to providing BGC’s customers with greater access to a wide range of trusted pharmacy and healthcare services,” Brad Ulrich, vice president of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens said. “Our pharmacists are playing a critical role in healthcare today, and we truly value the importance of the pharmacist-patient relationship. As part of our commitment to ensuring a seamless transition, we’re excited to also be providing employment opportunities for BGC’s existing pharmacy staff.”

Brookshire’s sells its pharmacies to Walgreens

Brookshire Grocery Co. is selling its 120 pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to Walgreens. Most of the locations will be converted to Walgreens pharmacies operating inside the Tyler-based grocer’s stores.The pharmacy business has become “increasingly complex over the past few years,” said Brad Brookshire, chairman and CEO of Brookshire Gr...

Brookshire Grocery Co. is selling its 120 pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to Walgreens. Most of the locations will be converted to Walgreens pharmacies operating inside the Tyler-based grocer’s stores.

The pharmacy business has become “increasingly complex over the past few years,” said Brad Brookshire, chairman and CEO of Brookshire Grocery.

“It was important to us to find a business leader that has the capabilities to focus on providing exceptional pharmacy services and value to our customers.”

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Staffing shortages and burnout are an issue for pharmacies and some locations are cutting back hours. Pharmacy operations have changed over the years with consumer needs to offer more services such as vaccinations and in-store clinics while coming up against new competition from online pharmacies.

Terms of the sale weren’t disclosed.

CVS paid $1.9 billion for Target’s 1,672 pharmacies in 47 states in 2015. The pharmacies now operate as CVS-branded locations inside Target. More recently, CVS said will close 900 stores through 2024 and several have already closed in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Walgreens promised “a seamless transition,” said Brad Ulrich, Walgreens’ vice president of pharmacy and retail operations. Eligible employees are being offered jobs with Walgreens, he said.

Brookshire’s offers Walgreens access to small towns, rural markets and booming Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs that would be expensive to build out with its own stores. Brookshire’s operates dozens of stores around the D-FW market and is also growing in Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The 95-year-old family and employee-owned and operated company has 206 stores in four states operating as Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Fresh by Brookshire’s, Spring Market and Reasor’s.

Customers’ prescriptions will automatically transfer to Walgreens. The 120 pharmacies in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas are in Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and Fresh by Brookshire’s stores.

Some Brookshire Grocery pharmacies will close as part of the agreement. Customers will be notified of their patient file transfers to another Brookshire’s supermarket or to a nearby Walgreens.

Walgreens operates pharmacies within health systems and hospitals nationwide and inside some Bi-Mart stores in the Pacific Northwest.

Sidley Austin, LLP acted as lead legal advisor for Walgreens, along with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. The Food Partners served as strategic and financial adviser and Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. and Kilpatrick Townsend, and Haynes and Boone served as legal counsel to Brookshire Grocery.

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East Texas Wedding Extravaganza Bridal Expo makes Brookshire Conference Center debut

Although it was a day full of gowns, cakes and wedding decor, Saturday’s East Texas Wedding Extravaganza Bridal Expo at W.T. Brookshire Conference Center also was bittersweet.“The East Texas Wedding Extravaganza has been operating as a staple in the East Texas economy for 14 years, and today was Joyce Crawford’s last show and my first show,” said Kristi McDonald, new owner of the Bridal Expo. “So, it’s kind of the changing of the guard.”Crawford, who is the founder of East Texas Wedding...

Although it was a day full of gowns, cakes and wedding decor, Saturday’s East Texas Wedding Extravaganza Bridal Expo at W.T. Brookshire Conference Center also was bittersweet.

“The East Texas Wedding Extravaganza has been operating as a staple in the East Texas economy for 14 years, and today was Joyce Crawford’s last show and my first show,” said Kristi McDonald, new owner of the Bridal Expo. “So, it’s kind of the changing of the guard.”

Crawford, who is the founder of East Texas Wedding Extravaganza, said she could not have been more proud to pass the torch to McDonald, who she met just about a year ago.

“I knew we were going to be good friends. She has such a wonderful spirit, and I know she’s going to do great things with the East Texas Wedding Extravaganza,” Crawford said.

McDonald says she doesn’t have any immediate plans for changes.


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“We’re going to stay true to her vision,” she said. “If we do, we have a couple of little things we’re going to change, but it’s only going to make it easier for the vendors — different layout and set up requirements and things that we’re going to make it easier for the vendors and we’re going to expand to different cities.”

Organizers weren’t the only ones preparing for new beginnings Saturday, as future brides and grooms descended upon the conference center to scope out vendors for their big day. The event had 90 vendors from photography services to tables and chairs to florists.

Saturday was the first time the event was held at the W.T. Brookshire Conference Center, and organizers and attendees agreed the location was a success.

“I just love the new building,” said Shelly Greenwell, owner of Brooke & Bre. “I love the openness here, and I love the fresh feel that it has and the way it flows. It flows very nicely for brides. It’s just a great opportunity for them to meet a lot of different vendors.”

“The vendors that I talked to today have been really excited, and a lot of it has to do with the new building, the new layout, the ease and the flow,” McDonald said. “We’ve had a really good crowd here today.”

East Texas hospitals welcomed their first babies of 2024 on Monday.

The first baby at UT Health Tyler was born at 11:20 a.m. Monday. Elias Nicholas Kefalides is the son of Jillian and Nick Kefalides of Lindale.

He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Elias joins big sister Elleana, 3, and big brother Evan, 14.

Jillian said she believed Elias would arrive early but didn’t believe he would arrive much earlier than his Jan. 18 due date or her Jan. 11 scheduled Cesarean section.

However, as the family celebrated a low-key New Year’s Eve at home, Jillian started noticing contractions about 8 p.m. By 3 a.m., Jillian knew Elias wouldn’t wait, so they drove to the hospital.

“I definitely didn’t think he would be a New Year’s baby,” she said. “Honestly, we’re just grateful that he’s a healthy baby.”

Christus Good Shepherd in Longview also welcomed its first baby of 2024 on Monday, Elicia Castaneda.

Elicia was born to one of the hospital’s nurses at 12:49 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Tesla secures new 1 million-square-foot building in Texas

Tesla has secured a new 1 million-square-foot building near Brookshire, Texas. It’s not known what it’s for yet, but there’s a rumor that it is for battery storage.Since launching its Gigafactory Texas effort in Austin two years ago and then moving its headquarters to the same location, Tesla has rapidly expanded in the state and has very much become a “Texas company.”More recently, ...

Tesla has secured a new 1 million-square-foot building near Brookshire, Texas. It’s not known what it’s for yet, but there’s a rumor that it is for battery storage.

Since launching its Gigafactory Texas effort in Austin two years ago and then moving its headquarters to the same location, Tesla has rapidly expanded in the state and has very much become a “Texas company.”

More recently, Tesla started working on a new lithium refinery just outside of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Now we learn that Tesla has secured a new lease on a large building in Brookshire, Texas, just outside of Houston.

The Houston Chronicle first reported on Tesla securing the lease:

Little is known about Tesla’s plans, but the Fortune 500 company signed a lease late last year for about 1.03 million square feet at 111 Empire West, part of the 300-acre Empire West Business Park in Brookshire, according to research reports from real estate brokerages Cushman & Wakefield and Savills. The landlord and developer of the park, Dallas-based Stream Realty Partners, declined to comment. Tesla officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Mike Barnes, Brookshire’s interim city administrator, commented on the project:

We’re familiar with the Tesla project primarily from a permitting perspective. Some of their engineering-construction folks have come in with regards to initiating some dialogue.

While there’s no official word on Tesla’s plan for the large facility, the automaker already has some job openings at the location that are giving us some hints.

It sounds like it is going to involve both a warehouse and production.

Tesla writes in the description for an “Associate Manager, Production Control” position in Brookshire:

As an Associate Manager of Production Control, you will have the responsibility to design and oversee material handing functions at Gigafactory Texas. You will lead a team of Supervisors and take a KPI driven approach toward meeting daily operational objectives. In this role, you will work cross-functionally with inventory control, Production Control process, and various other supply and logistics organizations to solve problems, drive continuous improvement, and to achieve production targets.

The job also mentions a “Cell Materials production area,” indicating that the location might produce materials for cell production at Gigafactory Texas.

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