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Brookshire Brothers begins remodeling project
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TRINITY – By September, residents of the Trinity area will be able to shop in what will essentially be a new Brookshire Brothers grocery store. Although located at the same place and in the same building, a complete renovation and remodeling project got underway at the store on Monday. According to Manager Matt Maliff, the work is expected to take between six and seven months. Cost of the project was described as “very substantial.” Maliff also is in the process of turning the reigns as store manager over to a new man, Russell Kitchen, who previously served as the Brookshire Brothers store director in Livingston and Onalaska. Maliff is taking over as the manager of the company’s Huntsville store. “Russell began work here Monday so he could get in on the ground floor of the construction work,” Maliff said. “I’ll be here working with him for the next couple of weeks before I leave.” Maliff said that while he enjoys both the store and local people, he decided to make the move because it was a closer commute to his home in Willis. Kitchen, who has headed the Livingston store for the past year, rides in Onalaska, where he managed the Brookshire Brothers store from 2001-2005. Under the first phase of the remodeling process, the store will move its office and pharmacy areas to temporary quarters inside the store while work is underway on the front entry. The store currently has two entry doors and under the remodeling plan, both will be eliminated. A new, single entry will be located in what is now the courtesy booth area. “That area also will have an vestibule that extends out from the main building. That’s where the shopping carts will be located,” Kitchen said. The exterior of the building will be a two-tone stone finish. At present, the store pharmacy is located on the south side of the store and the bakery is located on the north side. Under the remodeling plan, they will switch areas and a drive-thru window will be built on the north end for pharmacy customers. The plan also calls for the produce, meat market and dairy areas in the rear of the store to be remodeled with new equipment. In addition, the existing store shelves located through the building’s central area will be replaced. “This is going to give us much more space for additional items and I think it will make things much more convenient for shoppers,” Kitchen said. Maliff added that they are trying to accomplish the work so as to cause as few problems as possible for customers. “We’ll try to do as much of the inside work as possible at night,” he said, adding that there are no plans to change the store’s operating hours due to the construction. “We found out during the hurricane that we need to stay open as much as possible. People needed water, food and – when we could get it – gasoline,” Maliff said. “From that experience, we know that our customers need to have us open so that is what we plan to continue to do.” Kitchen added that when completed, the overall appearance of the Trinity store – both inside and out – would be among the nicest in the Brookshire Brothers chain. “When we finish, we will be the top of the line for Brookshire Brothers,” he said.