This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Kansas City (Missouri) between 1925 and 1992, compiled from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. It is generated through a live Google Spreadsheet so it reflects the latest information I have.
- Kansas City is fascinating in that it was served for decades by all of the “big three” (A&P, Kroger, and Safeway) and in that all three chains pulled out in about a ten-year period starting in the late 1970s. After this, KC was left with one local chain on the way down (Milgram) and a colelction of independents, faranchises, and co-ops. Except for the presence of limited assortment chains like Aldi and the relatively recent arrival of Hy-Vee and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, it is still largely a city of independents and co-ops, particularly Price Chopper.
- Kansas City did experience population declines in the late twentieth century, but nothing like many Midwestern cities did, which makes its lack on national chains even more surprising.
- Listings for Milgram and its “successor” Save Mart in the later years are a little unreliable and I feel that some locations may be missing.
- More areas in metropolitan Kansas City will be added later.
- Piggly Wiggly