AUSTIN – Brookshire Grocery Company, a grocery retailer of more than 14,000 employees and 100 Texas locations, has joined Texans for Consumer Freedom (TCF) in supporting legislation that would eliminate anti-competitive provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. BGC joins TCF alongside Costco, Kroger, Walmart, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Consumer Association, the Texas Retailers Association and free market advocacy groups.
“Brookshire Grocery Company has operated in the state since 1928, yet we are prohibited from competing in the retail sale of spirits,” said Jason Cooper, director of compliance and government relations. “According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, although BGC is not publicly traded, because we have more than 35 shareholders, we are defined as a public company as a means of restricting competition. BGC is committed to providing our customers with the products and services they expect, and it is on their behalf that we support efforts to eliminate this anti-competitive law.”
“Texas is the only state in the nation that allows private companies to participate in the retail sale of spirits, but prohibits publicly traded companies from doing so,” said Texans for Consumer Freedom spokesman Travis Thomas. “The state is not only picking winners and losers; it is redefining what it means to be a public company. These laws represent anti-consumer protectionism at its worst, and we encourage the legislature to eliminate them in order to level the playing field.”
Texans for Consumer Freedom is a registered 501(c)(6) education and advocacy organization of retailers, consumers, and free market advocates committed to eliminating anti-competitive aspects of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code and standing up for fair competition in the retail sale of spirits. For more information, visit www.TexansForConsumerFreedom.com.
Contact: Travis Thomas