The Cosentino family set up a small roadside fruit stand back in 1948 and a grocery store was soon born.
Employees are starting to tell customers the bad news that the landmark store will close Feb. 8. The employees were told earlier this week. The close might not mean the loss of a job because a new store has reportedly signed on to occupy the building.
The Cosentino brothers closed their two other stores in Silver Creek and Santa Clara a few years ago.
"Everything is favoring the big-box stores today," Dominic Cosentino told the paper.
This is the second loss for San Jose of a locally owned grocer in the past few months. PW Markets closed all its Bay Area locations in 2010.
Lori Preuitt's Mom used to go to Cosentino's for the "good stuff."