If you ask store manager Mark Laudenheimer what makes Brookshire’s in Willow Park special, he will say it’s the people.
“It’s our people that really make us glow,” Laudenheimer said. “Everybody has a good attitude, and nowadays that’s hard to find.
The store has a mix of experienced, friendly staff, but Brookshire’s also provides many employment opportunities for local students, providing them with income and valuable experience.
Laudenheimer said it makes a difference that Brookshire’s is a Texas company.
“We’ve tried to give our clientele what they want,” he said, “and staying on the cutting edge in the grocery business and bringing things that most other grocery stores don’t have.”
Brookshire’s has enhanced the grocery shopping experience locally with recent major upgrades to the store, including a new bar with big-screen televisions.
“It’s a bar patio, we have beer and wine you’re able to have a glass of wine while you shop, or you can sit up at the bar or on the patio and have a drink and do your shopping, or take a break from your shopping or just come up and grab appetizers,” Laudenheimer said.
Recently the store had a crawfish boil on the patio, and future events will have additional activities.
Another recent addition to the store is aged beef.
“I think there’s only a few places around where you can get aged beef,” Laudenheimer said. “We’ll cut whatever you want. If you want the whole thing or just want a steak, tell them what size you want and they’ll take it out, cut it, and clean it up.”
The deli department has also seen new additions like dinner and salad kits.
“That department is always changing with demand,” Laudenheimer said.
Laudenheimer has been with Brookshire’s for more than 25 years. He came to the Willow Park store about a year ago. Before that he was at the Azle store for 12 years, and he had a history of community involvement, receiving Azle’s “Citizen of the Year” award shortly before moving to the Willow Park Store.
That local involvement carries over to the Willow Park store, where Brookshire’s has worked with the Center of Hope, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the Aledo ISD among others.
Of course, when grocery shopping, the main thing you want is groceries, and Brookshire’s has a wide selection not only of staples, but at its meat and seafood counter, deli, and bakery.
You can drop off your prescription at the pharmacy and have it filled while you shop, and you can also drop off your dry cleaning and laundry, or order a specially decorated cake from Penny in the bakery.
Or, you can order online and pick up your groceries curbside.
And, in this age of high gas prices, your purchases add up for discounts on gas at Brookshire’s at the fuel center on the west side of the store.
But at Brookshire’s, the big difference is still the people and the service. They’ll help you find what you’re looking for, get you just the right cut of meat, and take your groceries out to your car when you’re finished shopping.
Brookshire’s is located at the corner of Interstate 20 and Ranch House Road in Willow Park. Call 817-441-5980 or visit https://www.brookshires.com/stores/willow-park-97/6423.
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