Brown: Fry’s begins meeting with Queen Creek, not a ‘done deal’

Representatives from the Fry’s Food Stores chain are meeting today, April 26, with members of the Queen Creek Town Council and town of Queen Creek staff to discuss the construction of a new store, which Fry’s would like to build on the northeast corner of Riggs and Ellsworth roads, Councilman Craig Barnes said during a phone interview.

On his Facebook page April 26, Councilman Barnes wrote:

“Well, it’s official. Fry’s is coming to Queen Creek. They will build on the northeast corner of Riggs and Ellsworth if everything goes through. Opening in 2018,” the councilman wrote.

However, Queen Creek Councilman Jeff Brown called the Queen Creek Independent to clarify that the new Fry’s store is not a done deal. He said there are still many steps in the application process – such as public meetings – companies must follow before a request is approved by the town council in a formal meeting.

“I am strongest proponent of transparency. Nothing is a done deal until I vote on it at the town council meeting,” Councilman Brown said during his phone interview.

Councilman Barnes said by phone the Fry’s representatives held several meetings that included some town staff members and  some council members.

“Anytime anybody comes to the town to build a commercial building, they meet with the council and staff to see what we have to say,” Councilman Barnes said during his interview. “They want to know if we’re in favor of it or if they’re running up against a brick wall.”

Councilman Barnes said he suggested to the Fry’s representatives that the lanes between the gas pumps at the Fry’s gas station in Queen Creek be built large enough to accommodate horse trailers used by residents and at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center in Queen Creek.

Councilman Barnes said the Queen Creek store is expected to be the largest of any Fry’s stores in Arizona and is expected to have a sit-down dining area.

The Queen Creek Independent has reached out to the Fry’s representatives for more information.

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