Our Story

Learn how Cosentino's Food Stores grew from a small grocery store in 1948 to its present-day operations of 31 stores under the Price Chopper, Apple Market, Sun Fresh and Cosentino’s Market banners in the Kansas City area.

A 75+ Year Legacy:
Cosentino’s Food Stores

The history of the Cosentino family in Kansas City began when family patriarch, Dante Cosentino, Sr., arrived in Kansas City from Italy in 1919. A talented artist, he made his living painting frescoes on the ceilings of area Catholic churches. After the close of the Second World War, sons Jim and Jerry returned from their service in the U.S. Army and Navy. In 1948, they purchased the original Cosentino’s store on Blue Ridge Boulevard, joined later by their younger brother Dante, Jr.

Little did the Cosentino family realize that the small storefront grocery store they opened in 1948 would still be a Kansas City mainstay over 75 years later.

Dante, Jerry, Customer, Jim - Cosentino's
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The founding brothers of Cosentino’s Food Stores pictured at the original storefront.
Left to right: Dante, Jerry, a Cosentino’s customer and Jim

A Family Tradition

The Cosentino family – including the six second-generation Cosentino brothers and cousins currently at the helm of the business – attribute achieving this remarkable milestone to forging lasting relationships with its customers and the communities it serves.
Jerry Consentino
Jerry Cosentino checking inventory
Cosentino Brothers Thriftway
Thriftway Storefront in 1957
Jerry Consentino
Jerry Cosentino sacking groceries at the original store on Blue Ridge Boulevard

Cosentino's Today

Cosentino’s is currently led by six second-generation Cosentino brothers and cousins and employs more than 4,000 people – including multiple Cosentino family members. Cosentino’s longevity as a successful business is also a reflection of its customer-facing team members, with many individuals celebrating significant 30, 40 and even 60-year anniversaries with the company.
Second Generation Cosentino Family
The second-generation Cosentino brothers pictured at the grand opening of Cosentino’s Downtown Market in 2009.
Left to right: Jamie, Jimmy, Donnie, John, Victor and David Cosentino