Harps Food Store bringing Brookland, Ark., a grocery store

Residents of Brookland, Ark., will soon be able to spend less time commuting between Paragould or Jonesboro to shop thanks to a new Harps Food Stores Inc. location coming to their town.

Harps based in Springdale, Ark. purchased the land at 8107 Highway 49 North, with plans to build a new Harps Food Store.

“We are thrilled to be part of this development,” said Gary Harpole, Managing Partner and Chief Development Officer of Halsey Thrasher Harpole Real Estate Group, in a statement. “In collaboration with the landowner, the mayor [Kenneth] Jones and Harps to put together this project has been a wonderful experience. It’s a big day for the city of Brookland.

The company said the new 32,000 square foot Harps store will offer residents of Brookland and the surrounding community a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, Harps Black Angus beef, all-natural pork and poultry, delicatessen and bakery, and health and beauty care, dairy and frozen food departments.

Due to nationwide shortages of building materials, the company said in a statement that there is no opening date at this time.

“The City of Brookland and its citizens are thrilled to have a new grocery store located in our city,” said Jones, Mayor of Brookland.

Earlier this month, the retailer named J. Max Van Hoose as president. “I am very happy to see this well-deserved promotion taking place,Kim Eskew, president and CEO of Harps, said in a statement.

Harps is a 100% employee-owned company that operates 135 stores in four states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. It is the largest employee-owned company in the state of Arkansas. Founded by Harvard and Floy Harp in Springdale, Ark., in 1930, the firm has grown to employ more than 6,900 associates.