3110 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO 64109
The long-awaited Sun Fresh grocery at Linwood Boulevard and Prospect Avenue held its grand opening celebration Saturday and was heralded as a key ingredient to Prospect Avenue revitalization efforts.
The full service grocery in the Linwood Shopping Center has been a dream of urban core advocates and the Kansas City Council for years. The city invested about $17 million in public funds, including land acquisition and the cost to build the new store, to renovate the end wings of the retail center and to rebuild the parking lot.
It’s unusual for the city to take the lead in a development like this, but city officials said it was worth it to jump start a struggling shopping center in a neglected part of town and to boost a major commercial corridor on the East Side.
“Every community deserves a full-service grocery store,” said City Councilman Jermaine Reed, who represents the part of town that includes the shopping center. “The new Lipari Brothers Sun Fresh Market and redeveloped Linwood Shopping Center provides an opportunity to bring new and/or improved retail services for area residents.”