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Fry’s sets opening date for downtown Phoenix grocery store

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PHOENIX – Three years after plans were first announced, downtown Phoenix’s first full-service grocery store has an opening date.

The Fry’s Food Store at First and Jefferson streets will open its doors at 8 a.m. on Oct. 23, the chain announced Tuesday.

“This is a defining moment for the downtown community,” Monica Garnes, Fry’s president, said in a press release.

“Our new store will alleviate a decades-long food desert and provide delicious, high-quality and nutritious grocery options to those who work, live and visit downtown.”

The 67,000-square-foot store is part of CityScape’s new Block 23 mixed-used development across from Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Fry’s will feature online ordering and pickup, freshly made sushi, a pharmacy and more.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on opening day.

The lack of fresh food options has been a common complaint from downtown dwellers during the area’s revitalization over the past decade.

When plans for the store were first announced in April 2016, it was expected to open in 2018.

The Block 23 project also includes more than 300 apartments plus office, retail and restaurant space.

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