THE TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL: KANSAS CITY PRICE CHECK REVEALS DOWNTOWN COSENTINO'S ISN'T REALLY A NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY STORE!!!
Buying groceries on Sunday is a tradition for many Kansas City families but a recent price check from longtime neighborhood advocates and other concerned insiders reveals that Cosentino's Downtown Market isn't a likely destination to stock up.
Accordingly . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS CLAIM THAT COSENTINO'S P&L DISTRICT MARKET DOESN'T REALLY FULFILL THE NEED FOR A REAL GROCERY STORE NEAR DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY!!!
There's always a lot of talk which claims "Downtown Kansas City is the fastest growing neighborhood" in the metro but those claims are mostly touted by toy train advocates and condo speculators. The reality is that IF Downtown is enjoying more residents THEN Cosentino's doesn't really support the need for grocery store accessibility . . . Especially for those on tight budgets.
Here's the word:
"Just look at prices for everyday items. There's at least a 30-40% markup on prices that you'd find at any other grocery store, even at any of the other Cosentino's locations. It's a cafe charging convenience store prices for people staying at hotels. That's not where a family looking to save money would want to shop."
Another downtown resident reveals a practical hint about life in the loop.
TKC asked: Do you do your weekly grocery shopping at Cosentino's???
"Not if I want to make rent that month. No, Cosentino's is really like a cafe where you can pick up a few things if you absolutely need them. They also have a nice wine and liquor selection that's somewhat expensive but convenient. Like everybody else in Downtown, I have to drive out to the burbs if I really want to find a bargain."
A neighborhood advocate noted this about Cosentino's . . .
"For working families, every penny counts and the Downtown market isn't a real option I'd suggest for nearby residents living on fixed incomes or the MANY families who must stretch their food budget with limited options THROUGHOUT the urban core in KCMO."
TKC did a quick price check and to put things in perspective I can report that the prices and options really don't vary that much from any of the nearby gas stations. And I have yet to try the sushi bar.
In fairness to Cosentino's, the convenience is nice for the upwardly mobile condo dwellers but this isn't a place where somebody would really look to buy food for a family and that FACT OF LIFE reveals that KCMO is willing to waste money on stadiums, entertainment options and a toy train while a food desert remains within the loop for the working poor.