Fry's Food and Drug

Fry's Food & Drug Stores Inc.
Industry Retail
Founded 1954 (Contra Costa County, California)
Headquarters Tolleson, Arizona, United States
Number of locations
Key people
Steve McKinney, Fry's Division President, Todd Kammeyer, Vice President Retail Operations, Keith Shoemaker, Vice President-Merchandising
Products Bakery, dairy, deli, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks, liquor
Number of employees
Parent Kroger

Fry's Food & Drug Stores, Inc., is a chain of supermarkets that has a major presence in the U.S. state of Arizona. Fry's also operates under the banner of Fry's Marketplace, a chain of multi-department stores. Fry's is a division of The Kroger Company.



Fry's was founded in 1954 by Donald Fry in California. With the help of his brother Charles, the store expanded into Arizona in 1960. Fry's was sold in 1972 to Dillons.[2][3] Dillons merged with Kroger in 1983.[4]

Fred Meyer and Kroger

On October 19, 1998, Fred Meyer, parent company of Smith's Food and Drug, announced a strategic merger with Kroger.[5] On May 27, 1999, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the merger of the two companies, named The Kroger Co.[6]

Arizona and Texas were the only two of 31 states where there was overlap of stores and brands from the merger. The Kroger Co., choosing to operate with one brand in the market, rebranded most Smith's Food & Drug Centers in Arizona as Fry's Food & Drug Stores,[7] though Smith's Food and Drug Centers in Kingman, Bullhead City, and Lake Havasu City remained unchanged.[8] Fry's Phoenix Distribution Center and offices were moved into the more modern Smith's Food and Drug Distribution Center and Offices in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson.

Fry's Marketplace

Fry's Marketplace is a multi-department store that offers full-service grocery, pharmacy, Ticketmaster/Ticketron, one-hour photo lab, and general merchandise including outdoor living products, electronics, home goods and toys. Ranging in size from 80,000-105,000 square feet, the Marketplace stores are smaller than the Fred Meyer stores. Fry's Marketplace was derived from the Fred Meyer concept but on a smaller scale and has since expanded to Kroger's Columbus, Ohio Division and the Smith's Food & Drug Centers Division in Utah.

Fry's Marketplace started out as Smitty's, Arizona's first multi-department store. Smitty's was similar to a Wal-Mart Supercenter and even had a food court with four branded fast food options (such as Taco Bell). In 1996, Smitty's merged with Smith's Food and Drug Centers of Salt Lake City. In 1997, After the Fred Meyer-Smith's merger, Fred Meyer updated and revitalized the Smitty's concept and in January 1999, all Smitty's stores were renamed Fred Meyer. During this time, management of the chain changed from Smith's Food and Drug to Fred Meyer. Construction also started on a full sized Fred Meyer store in Phoenix.

In June 2000, Kroger transferred the management of Fred Meyer's Arizona stores to Fry's Food and Drug. The Fred Meyer stores were rebranded as Fry's Marketplace. The Fred Meyer store in Phoenix was completed but never opened and was later demolished as the store was too large for Fry's to use.

Fry's Signature

Fry's Signature is marketed as a high-end, neighborhood tailored grocery store. There is one location on 20427 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ.[9] Another Fry's Signature store is located at 10450 N. 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ [10] There is also a Fry's Signature store at the cross streets of Cave Creek Rd and Carefree Hwy in Cave Creek, AZ.[11] In addition, there is a Fry's Signature Marketplace at the intersection of Shea Blvd and Tatum Blvd.[12]

Fry's Mercado

Fry's Mercado is geared towards Arizona's Hispanic market. It is located at 43rd Avenue and McDowell. There is a check cashing store, an Aqua bar, a Cocina, a fuel station among other attractions at the location. Several other stores are subletted in the Fry's Mercado (including an electronics store, a women's clothing store, and a barber shop).[13]

Fry's Electronics

Main article: Fry's Electronics

Fry's Electronics was founded by the heirs of Charles Fry after Fry's Food & Drug Stores was sold. Despite having similar logos and a shared family heritage, there is no affiliation between Fry's Electronics and Fry's Food and Drug. There is also no connection to Frye Electronics of Tigard, Oregon.


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