(MCT) -- The Brookshire Brothers grocery chain has acquired David’s Supermarkets.

David's Supermarkets, a grocery chain based in Grandview, was formerly owned by the Waldrip family. The Waldrips operated stores in dozens of small towns throughout north central Texas for 50 years.

"The Waldrip family serves communities similar to those we serve," said Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson. "Their values align with ours. We understand their customers."

Johnson said David's employees, about 550, can become employees of Brookshire Brothers.

The acquisition gives Brookshire Brothers a presence adjacent to its existing market area.

"We feel these communities in north central Texas are the heart of America," said John Alston, Chief Operations Officer for Brookshire Brothers. "Serving them and serving with them in their communities will be our privilege.

"We are pleased to offer all existing store level employees of David's a position with our company. Some of the corporate staff has also chosen to come on board including several third generation Waldrip family members."

Of the 25 stores, nine will fly the David's Supermarkets or David's Express banners, one will remain Pecan Foods and 15, including one recently opened in Meridian, will be Brookshire Brothers.



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