Barry Queen, a 1987 graduate of Kansas State University, Manhattan with a Bachelor of Science in Business has been in the grocery business his entire life. At the age of 11, Barry began working in the family grocery business sorting glass pop bottles. From these early beginnings he continued to work in many capacities helping his parents, Jim and Barbara Queen. At the direction of his parents, he worked in every position in the company from the bottom up so that he would gain an in depth appreciation for the long hours and hard work that goes with being an independent retailer. Upon completion of college, Barry joined the family business full time and in 1991 the Queen family expanded into multiple stores and Barry became a part of the management team. Barry is currently President/Owner of Queen’s Price Chopper and continues the tradition that his parents began. They own and operate five large format Price Chopper stores in the Kansas City area, employing over 650 people.
Barry recognizes the value of being involved in the community and has served on the Paola Chamber of Commerce Board, Paola Country Club Board and Paola Rotary Club. He has been actively involved in school, athletic and charitable events. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, coaching, hunting, fishing, and showing livestock.
In addition to his community involvement, his professional involvement includes: Retail Grocers Association Board Member since 1999, Chairman – 2006-08; Associated Wholesale Grocers Board Member since 2001, Finance Committee since 2008, Chairman of the board, since March 2015: National Grocers Association Board Member from 2010 to 2016, Executive Committee from 2014 to 2016.