The possible sale of Brookshire’s is a hot topic in East Texas. But why would a grocery company sell in the first place? Experts say it has a lot to do with where you are spending your money.
“We do cook a lot at home because I think there's a healthy aspect to that, but we truly do enjoy eating out too,” Carolyn Prince said.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of September 2015, grocery store sales rose by 2.8 percent from last year. Restaurant and bar sales rose by 8.5 percent during that same period.
Tom Mullins with the Tyler Economic Development Council said that there has been an increase in restaurants in Tyler for the past couple of years.
“Many of the National Franchises tell us that when they open restaurants in Tyler, a lot of times they set national sales records in the first 60 to 90 days,” Mullins explained.
But Mullins doesn’t think that people eating out more is going to harm grocery sales.
“Not everybody can afford to eat out all meals, every single day, all week long. So they're going to have to buy groceries,” he said.
Chef Christian Chavanne works at Cork in Tyler and says they have seen an increase in both customers and competition from other restaurants since they opened three years ago. He says that a lot of people have just never learned how to cook.
“They don't teach 'home ec' in schools anymore. They don't teach young women how to cook for their family. Therefore, they're going to go out four nights a week,” Chavanne said.
Chavanne says income won't always stop people from eating out.
“Even people that don't have a lot of money, they eat fast food because it’s sometimes cheaper,” Chavanne said.
“Unless we have a bad economic downturn like or drastic I think it’s just going to keep going,” he added.