McGonigle’s Food Store Inc. and Fareway Stores Inc. have entered into an agreement for Fareway to purchase the assets of McGonigle’s and proceed with the expansion of the market at 79th and Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri, that was recently approved by the Kansas City Council.
“I have been through a lengthy rezoning process, where my main priority has been to be a good neighbor to the community that has supported our family for almost 70 years,” said Mike McGonigle, owner. “Our store location has been challenging due to a 1940s building, which is too small for our expanding catering and deli business, and not in conformance with today’s boulevard and parkway standards. This rezoning process is our attempt to bring the building and surrounding land into a conforming use that meets city code requirements, is first class in appearance and enhances the customer experience. Now through this process, I am honored that another family-owned and operated company shares my vision. Fareway’s core values align well with my commitment to quality, integrity and personal service. I am confident they will be good stewards of the legacy of McGonigle’s. They have grown a large family of stores throughout the Midwest by providing great quality, service and value. I am grateful for the support that the community of Kansas City has provided to me. It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of your lives for many years. I hope that your support for Fareway will be as strong and welcoming.”
Fareway President and CEO Reynolds W. Cramer said as they explored entering Kansas City, McGonigle’s “was exactly the right fit for us. Its reputation for product excellence is well known. But it has also partnered, complemented and served its neighborhood and area residents with excellence for two generations. We will continue and build on these foundations for years to come.”
Next steps include finalizing the purchase and transitioning Fareway’s Meat Market operations into the existing store. Fareway will continue to offer prepared food under the McGonigle’s name. Fareway and McGonigle’s anticipate being closed only a few days for this transition. The exact timeframe for the future expansion is unknown.
Once reopened as Fareway Meat Market and McGonigle’s Kitchen + Catering BBQ, long-time McGonigle’s employee Randy Ross will head Fareway’s kitchen and catering operations; and Fareway will offer its full-service meat counter with expanded seafood, artisan cheeses, high quality wine, craft beer and many other unique offerings. Fareway also will continue to honor McGonigle’s gift cards.
Fareway Stores Inc., based in Boone, Iowa, is a Midwest grocery company currently operating 122 stores in a five-state region. Fareway is a family-owned business, recognized as a top 10 employer in Iowa, and has more than 12,000 total employees.