PHOENIX — Arizonans will soon have a few new places to get their groceries.
Fry’s Food Stores has announced it will open seven new stores around the state — six in the Phoenix area and one in Tucson.
The chain said the expansion will cost about $260 million and should be completed by the end of 2016.
“We’ve operated here since 1960,” Fry’s President Steve McKinney said in a release. “In that period, we’ve grown our footprint to 119 stores and 82 fuel centers.”
About 2,000 people will be hired to work across the new stores.
All six of the Phoenix locations will be Fry’s Marketplaces, a larger version of the food store that sell home goods and has an accompanying gas station. The stores will also have a Starbucks, a cheese store, wine and beer tastings and several food bars — sushi, salad, soup and sandwiches — in addition to a small medical clinic.
The Tucson location will boast the same features, save for the clinic.
The new Fry’s locations and their estimated opening dates are as follows:
- 2724 S. Signal Butte Road, Mesa (Summer)
- 1311 E. Bell Road, Phoenix (Summer)
- 2800 W. Dove Valley Road, Phoenix (Fall)
- 13830 W. Camelback Road, Litchfield Park (Fall)
- 2929 E. Ocotillo Road, Chander (Fall)
- 25401 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria (Fall)
- 1795 E. Valencia Road, Tucson (Fall)
Two of the locations — 25401 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway and 2800 W. Dove Valley Road — will have a parking lot with solar panels that will also offer shade.
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