Mannino’s Market is a family owned business, passed down through four generations and counting. In the late 1930s, Phillip and Josephine Mannino founded Mannino’s Market in Ferguson, Missouri. Their son and his wife, Tony and Betty, took over the business by the mid 1940’s. The store was known then as Day and Night Market.
Eventually their son and current owner, Carmen Mannino, took over the store with his wife Clione. They ran the store in the Ferguson location from the mid 1970s until 1998, when they moved to their current Cottleville location. Breaching into the fourth generation of Mannino’s, is son, Tony, who runs the Cottleville store. Keeping the tradition alive of his grandfather, Tony hand-selects the produce for both stores in the early hours of the morning just as they did in the 1940's.
One face that was always recognized at the Cottleville location was Betty Mannino’s, known to most as Grandma. You would most commonly find her watching over the pie case, although you didn’t notice her standing behind it until you walked up close! She was also the senior cashier at the store and helped the girls up front manage the register. Even though Grandma’s responsibilities lessened over the years, everyone was sure to listen to her thick Italian accent while she gave directions. Grandma passed away in May of 2009 at the age of 93, but her presence will always be remembered and felt at the store.