Monday, April 29, 2019

Pioneering Kansas City East Side Grocery Store Concludes Business After 50 Years

Shopped at this place with my Grandma who lived on Highland for around 40 years. Only recently did I learn about the important history of this place that was part of my routine for quite a bit. Here's the first of many considerations of local biz that worked to serve the urban core community:

Iconic African American-owned grocery store to close after 51 years

A Kansas City icon is closing. Leon's Thriftway at 39th Street and Kensington Avenue opened in 1968, and by Saturday, the store will close its doors. Leon Stapleton started the business and is now in his 90s. His son, Vernon, now runs it. "We've served a lot of people," Vernon Stapleton said.