Taking Care of Business: How ’bout them apples? Brookshire’s produce manager wins national award

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
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Hands down: Brookshire’s has the best produce section of all Wise County grocery stores.

And now we know why!

Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe, produce manager at the Bridgeport store, has been named a winner in the annual United Fresh Produce Association’s Retail Produce Manager Awards Program.

Of the hundreds of produce managers from the U.S. and Canada who were nominated, Rowe was one of 25 selected to receive the honor. He will be recognized June 10-12 at the United Fresh convention in Chicago.

The Retail Produce Manager Award honors outstanding produce managers who set a standard of excellence in the produce department and are committed to serving customers and their communities.

Rowe has worked for Brookshire’s for seven years and was promoted to manager in 2016.

“We are very proud of Michael for this prestigious and well-deserved recognition from United Fresh,” said Brad Brookshire, chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “He demonstrates top-notch leadership and goes above and beyond to provide outstanding quality. Michael truly embodies our company’s core values, which help drive our mission to create and deliver exceptional experiences and value for our customers.”

This marks the 14th consecutive year that a Brookshire Grocery Co. produce manager has been honored with the United Fresh Produce Association’s Retail Produce Manager Award.


QuickTrip in Decatur is opening Thursday.

Located at the corner of U.S. 81/287 and Hale Street, the company transformed the property where Cornerstone Baptist Church once stood.

An array of beverages and snack foods await.

What more is there to say? (High-fivin’ a million angels.)


Decatur Tractor Supply is having a farmers market today (March 30), featuring locally grown produce, as well as seasonal products.

“This is a great opportunity for members of our community to support local farmers while also getting to enjoy deliciously fresh food,” said Dean Mackey, manager of the Decatur store. “As a company, we believe in fostering community relationships and events, and this market allows us to do just that.”

In addition to produce, shoppers will find baked goods, canned goods, candles and arts and crafts.


A Chick-fil-A executive spoke at an Energy Worldnet team building event this week and according to Matt Joiner, “ball-parked 2021” for Decatur. Meaning, all of our dreams are about to come true. Is it time to ditch the “days without Chick-fil-A” and start a countdown to one opening?

Probably shouldn’t count our chickens before they hatch.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 195.

Kristen Tribe is publisher of the Wise County Messenger. Contact her with business tips at or 940-627-5987.

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