FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3rd, 2020
Mike McGonigle, Owner
MCGONIGLES FOOD STORE, INC AND FAREWAY STORES REACH AGREEMENT FOR PURCHASE AND EXPANSION OF NEIGHBORHOOD STORE
NEWS RELEASE (KC, MO) – McGonigle’s Food Store, Inc (“McGonigle’s”) and Fareway Stores, Inc. (“Fareway”) are pleased to announce they have entered into an agreement for Fareway to purchase the McGonigle’s store at 79th and Ward Parkway in Kansas City, Missouri. McGonigle’s had recently been approved by the Kansas City City Council for an expansion project to modernize the neighborhood store and make it more robust. Fareway plans to continue with that project and to keep McGonigle’s catering, deli, and BBQ as part of the Ward Parkway location.
Mike McGonigle, longtime owner of McGonigle’s Market cited legacy preservation as the primary factor he considered when making the decision to sell. He said:
“It is with a huge mix of emotions that I announce the sale of McGonigle’s Market to Fareway Stores. I have spent a lifetime here…starting with working Saturdays and after school when I was 12 years old. At 19, I dropped out of college to run the store for my Dad when his GM was killed in a house fire. A few short years later, Dad retired and I began the process of buying him out. Marriage, raising 3 kids, countless days behind the meat counter bantering with customers and a whole lot of life ensued. I have no regrets. I am proud of the business that I built. I am proud of the employees I have supported and who have supported me. I am proud to have survived as an independent retailer in the age of box stores and internet groceries. But, in this highly competitive world, it has become more and more challenging to keep the storefront going and after some health issues in 2015, I centered my thoughts on an appropriate transition for the store.”
A transition to new hands wasn’t a decision McGonigle took lightly. After all, it was his family’s legacy he was looking to pass on and he wanted to ensure it was safe guarded. That’s where Fareway comes in.
“As we explored entering Kansas City, McGonigles was exactly the right fit for us, said Fareway President and CEO Reynolds W. Cramer. “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 generations to come.”
When Fareway initially reached out, McGonigle was hesitant. He wasn’t quite ready to move on yet. But he couldn’t help but notice they checked most of the boxes that he wanted in a successor: they were a family-owned, independent grocer with a reputation for quality meats and customer-centric service.
“As I contemplated the future of McGonigle’s, I felt the need to keep the spirit of the family-owned, independent grocer intact. I wanted to make sure my customers and my people were well taken care of, whatever changes were made. This is where the new owners fit in. Fareway is family owned and operated. Their core values align well with my commitment to quality, integrity and personal service. I am confident they will be good stewards of the McGonigle’s legacy. They have grown a large family of stores throughout the Midwest by providing great quality, service and value. I am so grateful for all of the support that you, the community of Kansas City, have provided to me. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of your lives for these many years. I hope that your support for Fareway will be as strong and welcoming.”
Fareway stores ranked 2nd in a 2017 Consumer Reports’ Supermarket Survey, beating out some of the largest grocery chains in the nation including Hy-Vee which ranked 14th. It scored an ‘excellent’ rating in “price satisfaction, staff courtesy, check-out ease and meat and poultry quality,” according to the Des Moines Register. “It captured a ‘very good’ rating for cleanliness and ‘good’ in the remaining categories.”
McGonigle’s market may be coming to a close, but the name McGonigle’s will live on in Kansas City. Fareway is continuing to use the McGonigle’s name as the deli, BBQ to go, and catering arm will remain open once the store changes hands, still managed by longtime McGonigle’s employee, Randy Ross. The prepared food arm will continue to operate normally during the transition and the market will reopen as Fareway Meat Market and McGonigle’s Kitchen + Catering once the changeover is complete. Fareway will continue to honor McGonigle’s gift cards.
“We will immediately begin to liquidate our inventory to prepare for the transition to Fareway. You are welcome to come in and save on some of our fine gourmet products. Hopefully, I will get a chance to greet you personally and to say, “Thank you for shopping at McGonigle’s and have a great day” one more time…”
McGonigle’s Market opened on May 5th, 1951 and has served the Kansas City community at its location off the intersection of Ward Parkway and 79th Street for nearly 70 years. Mike McGonigle took over management of the store from his father, Bill, in the early 1980s, and has added fresh seafood, prepared food, local organic produce, catering, and much more since. Known for its quality cuts of meat which it shipped all over the US and its friendly staff, McGonigle’s is a Kansas City staple that will be deeply missed.
Fareway Stores, Inc. is a growing Midwest grocery company currently operating 122 store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Fareway holds family values in the highest regard, demonstrating integrity, fairness, and honesty in relationships with customers, employees, vendors, and suppliers. Visit Fareway.com for more information.