The following is a list of such conglomerates and the funeral homes they are operating in the Bryan College Station area:
SCI Group – Service Corporation International (stock symbol: SCI) Houston, Texas. The world’s largest funeral cemetery conglomerate owning more than 1,800 funeral homes and cemeteries in 43 states, eight Canadian Provinces, and Puerto Rico. SCI owns 100% of the following locations operating in our area:
• Memorial Funeral Chapel, Bryan
• Memorial Funeral Chapel, College Station
• Neptune Cremation Society
CLICK HERE to Read About the SCI Business Model
Carriage Services (stock symbol: CSV)
Houston, Texas. Carriage Services operates 170 funeral homes in 28 states and 32 cemeteries in 10 states. Carriage owns 100% of the following locations operating in our area:
• Hillier Funeral Home, Bryan
• Hillier Funeral Home, College Station
CLICK HERE to read about Carriage Services, Inc.
Corporately owned funeral homes pose as a “Mom and Pop” operation, attempting to reap the goodwill developed over prior generations. More concerned with sales goals, bonuses, volume targets, and keeping stockholders happy, the corporate owned funeral home charges 30-40% more on average than its independently owned competition. Don’t expect the conglomerate owned business to advertise their affiliation or ownership out in the open.
In fact, some of their managers will even go as far as to intentionally mislead the customer by falsely claiming part ownership. This is because they do not want you to know they are corporate.