Fry’s Food was founded in Contra Costa County of California in 1954. The founder was Donald Fry, who was originally from Oklahoma. It was with the help of his brother Charles Fry that he opened the first store. Fry’s Food stores sold products like bakery, deli, dairy, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, pharmacy, produce, seafood, snacks and liquor. While studying, Charles Fry was the high school basketball player. Before opening his first supermarket in California, he also earned a degree in Mathematics. Over the next few years, the company expanded. In the 1960s, he opened 41 new Fry’s Food stores in and around California. These were located in San Francisco, Phoenix and Arizona.
Charles Fry had three sons, John, Randy and David. John Fry was an excellent football player. In 1978, he graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Mathematics like his father. During his studies, he was also recruited to Santa Clara football team. But, he had to retire from football due to serious injuries. So, after studies, he decided to join his father’s business. In 1972, Modesto, California based Save Mart Supermarkets bought Fry’s Food for $14 million. But, Charles Fry maintained it until 1978. After that, the Fry family left the supermarket business and opened electronics stores. By the 1980s, Fry’s Food became a division of The Kroger Co.
In 1998, the Fred Meyer Company announced a merger with Kroger and this was approved by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 1999. Thus the merged company was named The Kroger Co. At that time, Smith’s Food and Drug was a subsidiary of Fred Meyer. After the merger, many stores in Arizona and Texas overlapped. Most of Smith’s Food and Drug stores changed their name to Fry’s Food and Drug Inc. Some of the Smith’s Food and Drug stores in Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City have remained under the old brand name.
Company Headquarters: Tolleson, AZ, United States
Ownership: Private subsidiary of The Kroger Co.
Annual Revenue: $50 million
Demography: Value shoppers.
Special Services: pharmacy, photo lab, Ticketmaster, liquor, specialty grocery
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