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 and after numerous mergers and acquisitions in the 1970s and 1980s became part of Kroger.
On October 19, 1998, Fred Meyer, parent company of Smith’s Food and Drug, announced a strategic merger with Kroger. On May 27, 1999, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the merger of the two companies, named The Kroger Co.
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 Arizona Smith’s Food & Drug Centers to Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, though Smith’s Food and Drug Centers in Kingman, Bullhead City, and Lake Havasu City did not change. 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.
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