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Fry's shopping center going up in Gilbert

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Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 2:40 pm | Updated: 12:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Seemingly overnight, the bones of a new 110,000-square-foot Fry's Marketplace sprang from the southwest corner of Chandler Heights and Higley roads in Gilbert.

Fry's spokeswoman JoEllen Lynn said the store will open sometime in the spring.

"We haven't fleshed out a date, but that's the goal," she said.

The shopping center could include up to two additional multiuse buildings for possible shops and restaurants, said Chris Hollenbeck, a marketing agent and broker on the project with Grubb and Ellis Co.

The development is just north of the Seville Golf and Country Club community.

Gilbert Town Manager George Pettit said the grocery store and shopping center is essential in helping the town capture sales tax revenue it has been losing to a nearby Bashas', which is across the border at Power and Chandler Heights roads in Queen Creek.

 

"In terms of the number of residents that are around the Seville development as well as the rest of the developments to the west of Seville that are approaching build-out ... it's a local opportunity to be able to spend their dollars within the town of Gilbert as opposed to the surrounding community," he said.

John Appelbe, another broker on the property, said construction plans call for the surrounding shop spaceto be completed as soon as possible.

"We'd love to do it right away," he said, adding he has interest from prospective tenants but no completed deals.

According to promotional material on the center by Grubb & Ellis Co., more than 8,000 people live within a one-mile radius of the center. The average household income is more than $100,000.

Those people currently have to drive at least two miles from the new Fry's Marketplace's intersection to the nearest grocery store - the Bashas' at Power and Chandler Heights or a Safeway at Germann and Higley roads in Gilbert.

Lynn said the store will include a drive-through pharmacy, a coffee shop, bank, full-service meat and seafood department, a sushi bar, and a Nature's Market, a section in the store with organic and natural foods.

"That's a very popular section with consumers these days," she said.

The store will also feature a fuel center, which will offer shoppers discounts after they rack up enough reward points for purchases.

Fry's Marketplace, which tends to be more upscale than Fry's Food & Drug store, typically offers more of just about everything from cookware to some furniture.

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