Hundreds of people joined in the celebration of the grand opening of the new Brookshire's grocery store in Joshua last week as local dignitaries and store officials were on hand to welcome the new store to the community.

“Seeing all these people here today reminds me a lot of that old movie ‘Field of Dreams,' “ said Joshua Mayor Joe Hollarn. “Build it and they will come. Well, Brookshire's built it and I want you all to join me in supporting them and doing your shopping in this wonderful new store.”

The store becomes the anchor of the Joshua Station development near Joshua High School. It is expected to become an economic driver for Joshua.

“This new store is employing 100 employees and 75 of them are new employees,” Hollarn said. “This is a great day for the city of Joshua and an evening greater day for it's citizens. Brookshire's is a first-class operation and we are very excited about having them here in our community.”

The 37,000 square-foot store replaces the old 15,000 square-foot Brookshire's store that operated at 106 Conveyor Dr., near downtown Joshua, since 2005. The new Brookshire's includes a fuel center and a drive-thru pharmacy, two services which were previously unavailable.

Last Wednesday's ribbon-cutting featured Chamber of Commerce President Kim Henderson and CEO Rick Rayford.

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In addition, Brookshire's Store Director Daniel Thomas presented donation checks for $1,000 each to Elder Elementary, the Joshua Education Foundation and the Joshua Fire Department. On Saturday, more grand opening events were offered for customers.

Brad Brookshire, the grandson of Brookshire's founder W.T. Brookshire, said that he was very excited about having a store in Joshua.

“We've been looking at Joshua for a long time,” he said. “We like having stores in these smaller communities. We don't have any stores in Dallas and we don't plan to. We like going into the smaller towns and providing them with a first-class grocery store.”

Store officials say that the new facility includes many energy-efficient and sustainable features such as skylights, an automated lighting control system to reduce electricity use, roofing with the highest reflectance rating and environmentally friendly insulation. Other features include a cutting-edge cooling system that controls refrigerated and frozen freezers and coolers, as well as durable, polished concrete flooring that reduces the amount of cleaning agents used.

The store will have a full bakery that will offer a wide variety of fresh products, including freshly made flour tortillas, breads, cakes, pies and many other items. There's also a full deli area that features a dining area that has a free Wi-Fi connection.

“Our bakery has the capability to make wedding cakes, birthday cakes and many other things that people need for celebrations or parties,” said Greg Robinson, vice president/manager of District 7 for Brookshire's. “We also make fresh guacamole and many other things in our deli every day. This new store will allow us to do so many things that we just didn't have the space or the capabilities to do in our old store.”