Strong Texas economy sparks retail expansion

01/14/2014 03:41:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Frazier was referring to I-69, which will cross the border at McAllen, Texas, and is set to open by midsummer.

“We’ve seen some people moving from Nogales (Ariz.) already,” he said.

Brent Erenwert, vice president of Houston-based Brothers Produce, credited retail for much of the wholesaler-distributor’s 25% overall revenue growth in 2013. That should continue at about a 15% pace in 2014, he said.

Two large retail customers — Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and H-E-B — and their continued expansion helped bolster Brother Produce’s bottom line, he said.

Continued population growth is one reason why Lubbock-based United Supermarkets LLC began looking to expand into the Dallas-Fort Worth region with its Market Street specialty stores more than 10 years ago, said Eddie Owens, director of communications and public relations.

“It’s really the antithesis of what’s we’re experiencing in West Texas,” he said. “West Texas is losing population to the larger cities, and smaller communities are struggling to maintain their population.”

Market Street opened its most recent store in December in Fort Worth-suburb Flower Mound, and the company doesn’t plan to stop.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt, we’re continuing to look at other opportunities down there,” he said of the Dallas-Fort Worth mextroplex.


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