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Fry's Food Store in downtown Phoenix looking to open in late September

Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 21:03:26-04

PHOENIX — Those eagerly awaiting the opening of the Fry's grocery store in downtown Phoenix -- a first for the area -- have only a couple months left to wait, ABC15 has learned. Less than three, in fact.

That is because the 67,000-square-foot grocery store is expected to open in late September, according to Pam Giannonatti, Kroger corporate affairs manager for the Fry's division.

A specific opening date had not yet been set, she said in an email.

When it opens, the Fry's store will have many of the amenities that grocery stores have: a deli, bakery, pharmacy, Starbucks, and online ordering and curbside pick-up, according to Giannonatti.

The grocery store will be on the first floor. Parking will be available on the second floor. The basement will be used for office space, product storage, and food prep, she said in her email.

Fry's will be part of the "Block 23" development, a 230,000-square-foot residential-office-retail complex currently being built by RED Development near Washington and First streets, and within walking distance of CityScape, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Chase Field, and a number of downtown apartment complexes and neighborhoods.

It will also house 320 luxury apartments from StreetLights Residential, Sam Fox's Blancos Tacos and Tequila, and offices for Ernst and Young, and WeWork.

All three are expected to open later this year, according to a spokesperson for the development. Specific opening dates were not available.