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Up in smoke: Bomb shelter uncovered at site of proposed Phoenix grocery store

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PHOENIX — An explosive discovery has been made at the site of a proposed downtown Phoenix grocery store, according to KJZZ.

During a Phoenix City Hall meeting on Wednesday, officials revealed a bomb shelter has been located underneath the site of a proposed Fry’s grocery store.

The store will be located at 1st and Jefferson streets in downtown Phoenix.

The area is currently a parking lot, but it used to be home to the Fox Theater and a JCPenney store. The store used to house more than just great deals: it was discovered that a bomb shelter was built underneath it.

Before the Fry’s grocery store can be built, an archaeological team must demolish the shelter.

In an interview with the radio station, Jeff Moloznik with Red Development said similar discoveries were found at the site of a nearby shopping and entertainment center: CityScape.

“We unearthed the highest concentration of pre-historic Hohokam pit houses on that site so who knows what’s in store,” he said. “We also found a bank vault under CityScape, buried halfway under Washington Street and halfway under out site.”

The grocery store, which has been rumored to be developed since December 2015, is expected to open in 2018, according to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

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