Bradley W. Brookshire to Step In as CEO of Brookshire Grocery as Rick Rayford Retires

Thu. December 17th, 2015 - by Melissa De Leon Chavez

TYLER, TX - Brookshire Grocery Company is commencing a new chapter in leadership. After more than four decades with the company, CEO Rick Rayford is retiring and passing the torch to the company’s current Chairman of the Board.

Bradley W. Brookshire, CEO, Brookshire Grocery

“We appreciate Rick’s 44 years of service to this company and the legacy he leaves behind. Hundreds of employees were promoted to leadership positions during his tenure, some directly through his mentorship and others through the many career development and education opportunities he so strongly supported,” Brookshire said, according to a KLTV report.

The current Chairman and new CEO brings plenty of familiarity to the role, not only as grandson of Founder Wood T. Brookshire, but as someone who has served in many leadership roles within the company. Before becoming Chairman of the Board in 2007, Brookshire worked his way throughout various positions for 30 years.

As for where the company will go from here, he trusts the track Rayford laid out.

“We will continue on the path set forth by Rick’s leadership to fulfill our mission of providing a great food and shopping experience,” he stated. “We thank Rick and wish both he and his wife, Bonnie, the very best in the next phase of their lives.”

Brookshire added that this time of change also brings a time of great opportunity and growth.

“I am excited about all that the future holds for Brookshire Grocery Company. My challenge to each and every one of our 14,000 partners is to remain focused on our common goals of taking great care of our customers, uniting as a team, and making our company the very best it can be.”

In recent months, Rayford encouraged the Board in evaluating a range of strategic alternatives for the company. AndNowUKnow will continue to follow the company as those plans, and new ones, unfold with this new regime at the helm.

Brookshire Grocery