Officials: 55,000-square-foot Fry's grocery store coming to downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX - A grocery store is coming to downtown Phoenix.

It's been a wish-list item for a lot of people who live downtown.

On Tuesday, city officials and RED Development announced that Fry's Food Stores would open a full-service grocery store blocks away from Chase Field, CityScape, Talking Stick Resort and downtown's historic neighborhoods.

The 55,000-square-foot store will be a part of a "proposed mixed-use project" between Washington Street and Jefferson Avenue. Currently, the site is a surfaced parking lot.

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Once construction begins--details that have not been released--the site will house the grocery store and the potential for commercial and residential use.

"This just made it a lot easier to move to downtown Phoenix"

"This just made it a lot easier to move to downtown Phoenix," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton in a news release. 

It is not known when the grocery store is projected to open, but officials said in the release that more details would become available in the coming months.

This newly announced grocery store location will fall within a food desert, according to 2015 data from the USDA, U.S. Census and Associated Press.

Take a look at the map below to see a zip code breakdown of food deserts in the state in 2015, with the red point indicating the upcoming Fry's grocery store location. For a full-screen view, click here.

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