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Balls Food Stores Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Balls Food Stores anniversary

Balls Food Stores has been serving Kansas City, Kansas, for 100 years and will host special anniversary events throughout the year to mark the occasion. 

In 1923, Sidney and Mollie Ball purchased a building on the corner of 16th and Stewart in the city. That decision would lead to generations of Balls family members working and serving in the community through its grocery business.

In 1934, the Balls opened its second store at 21st St and Quindaro Boulevard. This store implemented a new concept in Kansas City – cash and carry. These stores allowed customers to pay for and take their groceries home without creating a grocery tab.

By the late 1980s, the company had grown, along with Kansas City, to 13 grocery stores. All three grandchildren were involved in the business: David, Diane and Debbie.

David, the third generation Ball, leads a company of more than 2,500 employees. The company operates 25 supermarkets under the Hen House Market, Price Chopper, Sun Fresh and Payless Discount Foods banners in Kansas City and surrounding markets.

Balls Food Stores will be celebrating its centennial anniversary with special promotions throughout the year.

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