Kansas City (Missouri) Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1925-1992

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.

Access and download the location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.

Notes:

  • 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.

Store tags:

  • A&P
  • IGA
  • Kroger
  • Milgram
  • National
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Royal
  • Safeway
  • Thriftway
  • United

One thought on “Kansas City (Missouri) Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1925-1992

  1. Nolan Goldberg

    October 7, 2019 at 1:57pm

    There was an A&P in what was then Meadowlake Shopping Center at 7620 State Line Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. It was replaced by a new building and Schnuck’s Supermarket and is presently a Hy-Vee in what is now named State Line Shopping Center.

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