Do you remember neighborhood grocery stores in Midtown?

One of Midtown's early local grocery stores was Martin's Market at 1507 W. 47th, seen here in 1940.

One of Midtown’s early local grocery stores was Martin’s Market at 1507 W. 47th, seen here in 1940.

Decades ago, Midtown Kansas City had a grocery store in almost every neighborhood. Before the advent of large chain “super markets,” grocery stores were often literally mom and pop businesses. They grew up along streetcar lines and within walking distance of Midtown residential areas.

This map shows all of the groceries within Midtown boundaries in 1949, based on a Kansas City Star newspaper advertisement in May of that year.

(Note: originally posted Sept. 14 2015)

The Valentine neighborhood had several small markets in 1940, both on Broadway and Summit Street (which later became Southwest Trafficway).

Sol's Market at 3305 Summit Street in 1940.

Sol’s Market at 3305 Summit Street in 1940.

The Manheim Park,  neighborhood had an A & P market at 4625 Troost.



In Volker, residents could walk or ride the streetcar to a Kroger store at 1423 W. 39th.


As part of our Uncovering History Project, the Midtown KC Post is taking a look at the 1940 tax assessment photos of each block in Midtown. 

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 Our new book, Kansas City’s Historic Midtown Neighborhoods, is available now. Let us know if you want us to come to your neighborhood association or organization’s meeting to share what we’ve learned about Midtown neighborhood history and tell your members how they can help preserve Midtown history. Order the book 


  1. Mary Symons says:

    My grandfather and great aunt owned 2 grocery stores in the Kansas City MO area in 1950 thru 1965. G and M grocery I believe that they were named. Im trying to find info on them… Geha and Mansour is what G&M stood for.

  2. Wes Hill says:

    Does anyone remember the Sander’s A&G grocery located at the N.E. corner of 43rd. and Main?
    That was my first real job where I served as a sacker, stocker and delivery boy just as I was about to enter Westport High.

  3. Frank says:

    Knights grocery store. 4500 Prostect. Southdwesr corner

  4. Wes Hill says:

    There was an A&P grocery on the north side of Westport Rd. located just east of the Westport Library. When I was a kid, in the late 40’s & 50’s, my mother used to shop there on occasion but she usley did her weekly shopping @ the nearby Milgram’s store on Main across from Katz. During the weekl purchases were made at one of the two small neighborhood stores nearby.

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