Carrie Rengers

John Leeker to sell Leeker’s Family Foods to grandson

Leeker’s Family Foods will remain in the Leeker family as John Leeker sells his stores to his grandson, Chris Steindler.
Leeker’s Family Foods will remain in the Leeker family as John Leeker sells his stores to his grandson, Chris Steindler. File photo

Leeker’s Family Foods is going to remain in the Leeker family through what Chris Steindler calls an internal merger.

Steindler, who is the grandson of the grocery chain’s founder, John Leeker, is buying his grandfather out of the business.

The two have co-owned the Leeker’s in Valley Center since 2006. Steindler is now buying his grandfather’s half of the business along with his store in Park City.

Leeker sold his store in Haysville several years ago to Food 4 Less, which then sold to Homeland.

“Nothing is going to change,” Steindler says of the two remaining stores.

“Really, it’s just a back-end deal.”

The purchases are expected to close on Nov. 1.

Leeker opened his first Leeker’s in 1958.

“He still works six and seven days a week every week,” says Steindler, who has been in the business for almost 20 years.

“He’s not going anywhere,” Steindler says of his grandfather.

“He’s just giving himself a little flexibility to not have to make all the big decisions.”

Though there aren’t going to be changes with the stores, Steindler says there will be “a lot more to do” for him.

One day, that could include new stores. Steindler says that won’t be something he does immediately.

“Let me get my feet wet with two.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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