Fry's to open new Valley locations; more retailers set for Peoria; 10 other deals to know

Fry's to open new Valley locations; more retailers set for Peoria; 10 other deals to know

Article Originally Posted by PhoenixBusinessJournal on January 26, 2023

Fry's Food Stores is planning on bringing several new stores to the fast-growing West Valley.

The national grocer, owned by The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), is holding a grand opening in Surprise on Feb. 22 for its new 128,000-square-foot, full-service store at 16400 N. Pat Tillman Blvd. The new location will be managed by Jeremy Valdez, the company said.

In addition, the newest location will feature a modern design with amenities including Murray's cheese shop, a sushi station, wine department, Starbucks, a grab-and-go sandwich and soup case, pharmacy, apparel and housewares departments, pickup services and a fuel center.

“All of our associates at the new store are looking forward to meeting our neighbors in Surprise,” said Monica Garnes, president of Fry’s Food Stores, in a statement. “Not only will our customers find fresh, affordable food, but they will also find some of the most friendly and caring associates who are ready to meet their everyday needs.”

Also in Surprise, a new Fry's Marketplace is currently planned for the southwest corner of Cactus and Sarival roads with an EoS Fitness and several restaurant or retail pads. The developer of the center is Phoenix-based Barclay Group.

Further west in Buckeye, the city recently announced that a new Fry's grocery store will be developed at the southeast corner of Broadway and Miller roads on about 20 acres. The site includes about 125,000 square feet of new retail space as well.

This center will also be developed by Barclay Group, according to the company's website, which shows that the new retail center could include about six restaurant and retail pads in addition to the Fry's store. It will be developed just south of two new distribution centers for Five Below and Funko near State Route 85.

• Also in the West Valley, Utah-based Overland Group Inc. is proposing to turn a nearly 8-acre site in Peoria's Old Town area into a new mixed-use project with multifamily and retail offerings.

The site, once home to a historically significant grocery store, is located at the south and southwest corner of 85th and Grande avenues and is slated for 171 units across three multifamily buildings with supportive commercial, retail and office use buildings, according to project documents.

The property has been vacant and underutilized within the city's Grand Avenue corridor and is the former site of the Smitty's grocery store, which was demolished in 2020, documents submitted to the city said.

Previous media reports said the 91,000-square-foot building, which was developed in 1972, had sat vacant for more than 20 years and was in violation of more than 30 city codes in addition to having numerous issues.