Balls Food Stores Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary
KANSAS CITY, KS - Break out the confetti and the nice bottle of bubbly, folks! We’ve got a centenarian on our hands. Balls Food Stores has been serving Kansas City, Kansas, for 100 years, hitting a major milestone in the grocery industry.
As noted in the release, Sidney and Mollie Ball purchased a building on the corner of 16th and Stewart in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1923. That decision would lead to generations of Balls family members dedicated to working and serving in the Kansas City community through their grocery business.
In 1934, the Balls opened their second store at 21st and Quindaro Boulevard. This store implemented a new concept in Kansas City, cash and carry. Cash and carry stores allowed customers to pay for and take their groceries home without creating a grocery tab.
By the late ’80s, the company had grown to 13 grocery stores. All three of Sidney and Mollie’s grandchildren—their son Fred’s children—were involved in the business. David, Diane, and Debbie would carry on the legacy of their grandparents.
Today, David, the third-generation Ball to serve Kansas City, leads a company of over 2,500 dedicated teammates. The team is committed to the spirit of serving fresh, local food for fair prices, all while offering great service at 25 supermarkets in the Kansas City area. Under the banner of Hen House Market, Price Chopper, Sun Fresh, and Payless Discount Foods, the Balls legacy lives on.
Congratulations on this amazing achievement!