[SHOW THEME MUSIC]>>THIS IS WHAT
I’M TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS WHAT DOWNTOWN PHOENIX
IS ALL ABOUT. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WELL, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE,
AND OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING IT IS, ISN’T IT? THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR TAKING
TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY DAY TO COME JOIN US AND CELEBRATE THE
GRAND OPENING OF OUR DOWNTOWN FRY’S STORE. [APPLAUSE] TO KICK THINGS OFF, I WOULD LIKE
TO INTRODUCE JANAE PICKETT, WITH THE PHOENIX SUNS SOLAR SQUAD, TO
SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. ♪ OH SAY CAN YOU SEE,
BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED ♪
♪ AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? ♪
♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS ♪
♪ THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪ ♪ O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED,
WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE ♪
♪ THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT ♪
♪ THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪
♪ OH SAY DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER ♪
♪ YET WAVE ♪ ♪ O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE
AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪ [APPLAUSE]>>WOW, WASN’T THAT SO MOVING? THANK YOU SO MUCH, JANAE, FOR
COMING OUT HERE TODAY. NOW IT GIVES ME MY GREAT
PLEASURE, AND TRULY AN HONOR TO INTRODUCE AN INCREDIBLE LEADER,
AND THE PRESIDENT OF FRY’S FOOD STORES, MONICA GARNES. [APPLAUSE] MONICA FIRST JOINED THE FRY’S
FAMILY IN 2013, AS VICE PRESIDENT OF MERCHANDISING. AFTER TWO YEARS WITH US, SHE WAS
PROMOTED TO A POSITION AT KROGER, AND THEN REJOINED THE
FRY’S FAMILY AS PRESIDENT IN JANUARY OF 2018, AND WE ARE
HAPPY SHE CAME HOME. HOWEVER, WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES
WHO SEE HER GREAT LEADERSHIP. WITHIN THE LAST YEAR, SHE HAS
BEEN RECOGNIZED AS AN OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN BUSINESS,
BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN ARIZONA,
RECEIVED THE TRAILBLAZER AWARD FROM “PROGRESSIVE GROCER,” A
NATIONWIDE INDUSTRY-LEADING JOURNAL. SHE ALSO SERVES ON A VARIETY OF
BOARDS, AND CONTINUOUSLY LEADS THE WAY IN GIVING BACK HERE IN
ARIZONA. TRULY SHE IS A JOY TO BE AROUND,
AND IS A PLEASURE TO WORK NEXT TO. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING TO
THE STAGE, THE PRESIDENT OF FRY’S FOOD STORES,
MONICA GARNES. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. WOW, WHAT AN INTRODUCTION. SO THANK YOU, PAM, AND WHAT AN
AMAZING CROWD WE HAVE HERE TODAY. SO THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. AND TODAY IS FINALLY HERE,
SIX YEARS IN THE MAKING. THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US FOR
OUR GRAND OPENING OF OUR NEW STORE. IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE THAT WE ARE
GATHERING TO CELEBRATE, FRESH, CONVENIENT FOOD. FOOD IS IMPORTANT TO TRY’S, BUT
IT’S MORE THAN JUST FOOD. OUR PURPOSE IS TO FEED THE HUMAN
SPIRIT. THIS NURTURING OF THE SPIRIT HAS
AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD. BIRTHDAYS, WEDDINGS,
CELEBRATIONS, FAMILY MEALS, PASSING ON TRADITIONS,
GATHERING WITH FRIENDS. ALL OF WHAT IS MEANINGFUL IN OUR
LIVES ALMOST ALWAYS INVOLVES FOOD. FOOD MAKES US FEEL GOOD. WE ALL HAVE A FAVORITE FOOD THAT
WE CELEBRATE WITH, AND PROBABLY A COMFORT FOOD WE TURN TO WHEN
WE’RE FEELING SAD OR STRESSED. OUR PURPOSE TO FEED THE HUMAN
SPIRIT REFLECTS THOSE EMOTIONAL TIES WE HAVE WITH FOOD. THAT’S WHY WE ARE SO PLEASED TO
BRING FRY’S FOOD STORES DOWNTOWN. THIS FRY’S WILL BE THE
CORNERSTONE OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY, A PLACE WHERE
EVERYONE WHO LIVES, WORKS, AND VISITS DOWNTOWN PHOENIX CAN
GATHER TO CREATE AND SHARE MORE OF THESE MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES. CELEBRATING WITH US TODAY ARE
CITY LEADERS, COUNCIL MEMBERS, COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AND BUSINESS
LEADERS. PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’RE
IN THE CROWD. LET’S GIVE THOSE FOLKS ALL A
ROUND OF APPLAUSE. ALSO JOINING ME TODAY ARE FRY’S
VICE PRESIDENTS, MICHEAL CRISTAL AND CHRISTINA GROTH. AS WELL AS SEVERAL MEMBERS OF
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM. PLEASE RAISE YOUR HANDS,
FRY’S FOLKS, IF YOU’RE HERE? YAY. WE’RE SO EXCITED TO BE OPENING
OUR FIRST FULL-SERVICE FRY’S FOOD STORES DOWNTOWN, AND
THRILLED TO BRING MORE THAN 250 ADDITIONAL JOBS TO THE CITY OF
PHOENIX. EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT
ALLEVIATES A DECADES-LONG FOOD DESERT FOR THIS AREA. NOW, DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS,
WORKERS, AND VISITORS CAN GET FRESH, NUTRITIOUS FOOD —
EASY FOR ME TO SAY, I GUESS — FOR ALL OCCASIONS, FILLING
OUR PURPOSE TO FEED THE HUMAN SPIRIT. FRY’S HAS BEEN A LEADER IN THE
FIGHT TO END HUNGER IN ARIZONA FOR MANY YEARS. ACROSS THE U.S. — THERE’S
ALWAYS SOMETHING, RIGHT? ACROSS THE U.S., MORE THAN 40
PERCENT OF THE FOOD PRODUCED IS THROWN AWAY, YET ONE IN EIGHT
AMERICANS ARE FOOD INSECURE, AND THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL ABSURDITY. AS PART OF KROGER’S ZERO HUNGER
ZERO WASTE SOCIAL IMPACT PLAN, WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE
HAS ACCESS TO HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD. WE’RE PROUD TO PARTNER WITH
ORGANIZATIONS WHO SHARE OUR PASSION TO HELP OTHERS. TODAY, WE WILL BE DONATING
$20,000 TO ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK, WHICH WILL ASSIST IN PROVIDING
MORE THAN 160,000 MEALS — [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 160,000 MEALS TO HUNGRY PEOPLE
IN ARIZONA. AND I’D LIKE TO INVITE TOM
CURTIS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK TO THE
STAGE. [APPLAUSE] IN ADDITION, WE ARE ALSO GIVING
$20,000 TO CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA COMMUNITY CENTER —
TO ADD A FOOD BANK FILLED WITH HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS FOOD
FOR THEM TO PROVIDE TO THE PHOENIX COMMUNITY. I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE DAVID
ADAME — I’M SORRY, I SAID THAT WRONG — ADAME, PRESIDENT
AND CEO OF CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA TO THE STAGE. [APPLAUSE] SO WE ARE PROUD TO BE THE ANCHOR
OF BLOCK 23, SUCH A CREATIVE AND FORWARD-THINKING MIXED-USE
PROJECT. A PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE
TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE AND EFFORT FOR IT TO COME TOGETHER. THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND RED
DEVELOPMENT HAVE BEEN KEY PARTNERS THROUGH THE BUILDING
PROCESS. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE FRY’S
PROJECT MANAGER EVELYN ALVAREZ — WHERE IS EVELYN? [APPLAUSE] OUR CONTRACTOR,
CAMPBELL DEVELOPMENT. OUR REAL ESTATE TEAM — I USE
THAT TEAM LOOSELY, A TEAM OF ONE, DENNIS BARR. WHERE’S DENNIS? AND EVERYONE, AND I MEAN
EVERYONE AT FRY’S WHO HAD A HAND IN GETTING THE STORE READY. [APPLAUSE] NOW I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MIKE
EBERT, MANAGING PARTNER OF RED DEVELOPMENT, TO JOIN ME ON
STAGE.>>THANK YOU, MONICA. I THINK FOR ALL OF US DOWNTOWN,
I THINK WE FEEL LIKE CHILDREN AGAIN. THIS IS CHRISTMAS MORNING FOR
DOWNTOWN, SO THANK YOU, MONICA. QUICKLY, RED’S INVOLVEMENT WITH
THIS BLOCK, BLOCK 23, STARTED IN 2005, WHEN WE PURCHASED THE
PROPERTY NEXT DOOR. THOUGH WE DIDN’T OWN THIS BLOCK,
WE DECIDED THAT WE WANTED TO HELP THE OWNER PLAN IT. AND WE HAD A CHANCE, WHICH WAS
SUPER UNIQUE, TO PLAN THREE CONTINUOUS BLOCKS IN THE FIFTH
LARGEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY. A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE 2005. MAJOR PUBLIC INVESTMENTS LIKE
LIGHT RAIL, ASU, THE TRIPLING OF THE SIZE OF THE CONVENTION
CENTER, AND NEXT YEAR, A $225 MILLION REMODEL FOR
YOUR PHOENIX SUNS. THOSE PROJECTS PAVED THE WAY TO
CREATE A DEMAND FOR THE OVER 200 RESTAURANTS NOW LOCATED
DOWNTOWN. HELPED THOUSANDS OF NEW
RESIDENTS TO MAKE THE DECISION TO MOVE INTO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. AND 70,000 PEOPLE NOW WORK
WITHIN WHAT WE CALL DOWNTOWN, THE 93 BLOCKS. AS SUCH, BY 2014, WE FELT THERE
WAS JUST ONE THING MISSING DOWNTOWN, AND THAT WAS A
GROCERY STORE. SO WE MADE PLANS TO PURCHASE
THIS PROPERTY. AND WE SET OFF TO FIND A GROCER. FORTUNATELY, OUR SEARCH WAS
LIMITED. WE CALLED ONE, FRY’S. THAT’S BECAUSE WHEN YOUR
HOMETOWN GROCER IS YOUR STATE’S BEST, AND ONE OF THE BEST IN THE
COUNTRY, WHY WOULD YOU CALL SOMEONE ELSE? OUR TIMING WAS FANTASTIC. DENNIS BARR HAD BEEN TRACKING
ALL THE SUCCESSES OF DOWNTOWN AND AGREED THIS LOCATION
WOULD BE THE ABSOLUTE BEST LOCATION FOR FRY’S. SO FRY’S COLLABORATED WITH US
FROM THE BEGINNING. THIS IS A COMPLICATED STORE. IT HAS A BASEMENT BELOW AND
PARKING ABOVE. BUT I CAN’T WAIT FOR ALL OF YOU
TO GET INSIDE AND SEE WHAT WE SEE, WHICH IS YOUR
HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS ARE GOING TO BE EXCEEDED TODAY. HOW ABOUT A ROUND OF APPLAUSE
FOR EVERYBODY AT FRY’S? THE IMPORTANCE TO DOWNTOWN
CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. STUDIES SHOW THAT A DOWNTOWN
WITH A GROCERY STORE GROWS TWICE AS FAST AS A DOWNTOWN WITHOUT
A GROCERY STORE. THE BLOCK 23 DEVELOPMENT WILL
ALSO INCLUDE A 225,000-SQUARE FOOT OFFICE BUILDING, WITH SPACE
OCCUPIED BY E.Y., WE WORK, AND OTHERS. ULTIMATELY OVER A THOUSAND
PEOPLE WILL WORK IN THIS OFFICE BUILDING. BASED UPON THE AMAZING SUCCESS
OF ARROGANT BUTCHER RIGHT HERE, SAM FOX WILL BE OPENING A BLANCO
TACOS AND TEQUILA IN A FEW MONTHS. AND ADDITIONALLY, THE RYAN, A
HIGH-RISE LUXURY APARTMENT TOWER WITH 332 UNITS WILL OPEN LATER
THIS YEAR. THE RYAN IS BEING DEVELOPED BY
OUR GOOD FRIENDS FROM STREET LIGHTS. SO IN CLOSING, I’D LIKE TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PLANNED AND BUILT
THE PROPERTY, WITH A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FRY’S REAL ESTATE
CONSTRUCTION TEAM OF DENNIS, EVELYN, JEFF, AND GABE. AND I’D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE
RED TEAM RESPONSIBLE, BARRY, JEFF, AND BRAD. THANK YOU. AT THE TOPPING EVENT EARLIER
THIS YEAR, HAD A CHANCE TO THANK A LOT OF PEOPLE. BUT I REALLY WANTED TODAY TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPPORT THAT WE’VE HAD FOR THE LAST EIGHT
YEARS FROM COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI. MICHAEL, THANK YOU FOR BEING
SUCH A GREAT FRIEND. DOWNTOWN WOULD NOT BE WHERE IT
IS TODAY WITHOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF MAYOR GALLEGO AND THE
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, CHRISTINE MACKAY. BOTH ARE BIG ADVOCATES DOWNTOWN,
BUT THEY’RE UNABLE TO BE HERE TODAY, AS THEY’RE IN ASIA,
DRUMMING UP BUSINESS FOR OUR COMMUNITY. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO FRY’S IN
OPENING THE NICEST STORE IN THE STATE, AND OUR MOST SINCERE
THANKS FOR BEING SUCH GREAT PARTNERS. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, MIKE. YES, IT’S TRULY A TEAM EFFORT. SO WE’RE ALWAYS HONORED TO HAVE
PHOENIX COUNCILMAN MICHAEL NOWAKOWSKI WITH US TO SHARE A
FEW WORDS.>>ALL RIGHT, PHOENIX, ARIZONA,
WE FINALLY GOT A GROCERY STORE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. ON BEHALF OF OUR MAYOR AND ALL
THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, WE WANT TO GIVE A WELCOMING TO FRY’S RIGHT
HERE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. BIENVENIDOS. BACK IN 1982, I GRADUATED FROM
ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH IS RIGHT HERE ON 3RD STREET AND
POLK, AND REMEMBERING AS A YOUNG MAN WALKING DOWNTOWN PHOENIX,
I USED TO CATCH THE BUS RIGHT HERE AT THIS LOCATION. AND SITTING ON THAT BUS STOP,
I NEVER IMAGINED SEEING A CITYSCAPE, HAVING ICE SKATING
IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. IT’S THOSE VISIONARIES, LIKE OUR
PRESIDENT, MICHAEL CROW, THAT DECIDED TO MOVE A DOWNTOWN
CAMPUS RIGHT HERE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA. AND KICKED IT OFF. NOW WE HAVE ALL THREE MAJOR
UNIVERSITIES RIGHT HERE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. WE HAVE A BIO CAMPUS. AND AS MIKE EBERT SAID, OVER
200 — 200 BARS AND RESTAURANTS THAT 85 PERCENT OF THEM ARE
LOCALLY OWNED. THAT’S INCREDIBLE. THIS LOCATION HAS A LOT OF
MEMORIES FOR ME AND FOR THE CITY OF PHOENIX. THIS LOCATION RIGHT HERE WAS OUR
FIRST FIRE STATION IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX. AND I WANT TO THANK FRY’S FOR
RECOGNIZING THAT, AND HAVING A SPECIAL PLACE RIGHT HERE IN
FRY’S TO REMIND US ALL THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST FIRE STATION. GIVE IT UP TO THE FIREFIGHTERS,
RIGHT? WE ALSO HAD FOX THEATER,
JCPENNEY’S, AND MANY OTHERS. AND REMEMBER BLOCK 23, WHERE WE
HAD THE MASSIVE SUPER BOWL PARTIES RIGHT HERE, RIGHT HERE
ON BLOCK 23. THIS IS ALL POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF
WHAT I CALL THE TEAM PHOENIX APPROACH, WHERE WE BRING CITY
LEADERS TOGETHER, LIKE OUR CITY MANAGER, ED ZUERCHER, AND OUR
ECONOMIC DIRECTOR, CHRIS MACKAY, AND ALAN STEVENS, AND MANY MORE. BUT WHAT’S SO INCREDIBLE IS THAT
THIS IS A SPECIAL DAY, AND I KNOW IT’S HURTING CHRIS MACKAY
FOR NOT BEING HERE, BUT THIS IS HER FIRST PROJECT FROM THE
GROUND UP. SO CHRIS, CONGRATULATIONS, FOR
HAVING YOUR FIRST BABY HERE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. SO WHAT’S AMAZING ABOUT THIS,
IS NOW THAT THE 100 AND ABOUT 60,000 PEOPLE THAT COME TO THE
DOWNTOWN AREA TO WORK, HAS A PLACE TO SHOP. HAS A PLACE THAT THEY CAN JUST
PULL OUT THEIR SMART PHONE, OR FROM THEIR DESK. THEY CAN EVEN ORDER THEIR
GROCERIES TO GO. I REALLY WANT TO THANK FRY’S AND
MONICA FOR HER LEADERSHIP, AND FOR BRINGING THIS ALL TOGETHER. AND MIKE EBERT ALSO FOR BRINGING
THIS ALL TOGETHER AND MAKING THIS DAY POSSIBLE. ONCE AGAIN, ON BEHALF OF THE
CITY OF PHOENIX, THE CITY COUNCIL, I’D LIKE TO CALL UP
STEVE, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE STORE MANAGER. I’M SORRY, CHRIS. SORRY, CHRIS. THIS IS THE PERSON WE ALL NEED
TO KNOW. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] SO WE’D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE CHRIS
AND MONICA FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. ON BEHALF OF OUR MAYOR AND THE
COUNCIL, WE’D LIKE TO NAME THIS DATE FRY’S DAY IN DOWNTOWN
PHOENIX. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN
NOWAKOWSKI. SO WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK? IT’S FRY’S FOOD STORES DOWNTOWN
PHOENIX DAY. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] MIKE MENTIONED THE FEELING LIKE
IT’S CHRISTMAS WHEN HE WOKE UP. WHEN I WENT TO BED LAST NIGHT,
I COULDN’T SLEEP. I FELT LIKE I WAS A KID ON
CHRISTMAS EVE. SO EXCITED THAT TODAY IS HERE,
AND THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE JOINED US. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THIS BLOCK,
AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE TIE WITH OUR GREAT SPORTS SPONSORSHIP,
WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS, AND THE SUNS, AND THE MERCURY, IT JUST
BRINGS IT ALL TOGETHER FOR AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR
CUSTOMERS, AND EVERYONE THAT WORKS AND PLAYS IN DOWNTOWN. NEXT, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE
YOU TO TWO LEADERS WHO HAVE REALLY BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN
GETTING THIS STORE UP AND RUNNING. ANGIE HERMAN, CAN YOU RAISE YOUR
HAND, PLEASE? ANGIE OVERSEES THIS STORE, AS
WELL AS 24 OTHERS STORES FOR US AS A DISTRICT MANAGER. HER LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT
HAVE BEEN UNWAVERING. ANGIE, I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH
I APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO, NOT ONLY FOR THE STORE, BUT FOR
ALL OF FRY’S, SO THANK YOU. IT ALSO GIVES ME A GREAT
PLEASURE — THOUGH COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI STOLE A LITTLE OF MY
THUNDER, TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR STORE MANAGER, CHRIS BERRYMAN. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] CHRIS HAS BEEN WITH THE KROGER
FAMILY COMPANIES, INCLUDING FRY’S, FOR OVER 33 YEARS, AND
LIKE SO MANY OF US, HE CAME FOR A JOB AND STAYED FOR A CAREER. HEHAS BEEN A PASSIONATE FRY’S
STORE MANAGER FOR US FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS, AND HAS ALSO HELD
A VARIETY OF LEADERSHIP ROLES. IN ADDITION, HE IS A THOUGHTFUL
LEADER WHO TAKES PRIDE IN MOTIVATING AND MENTORING TEAM
MEMBERS TO EXCEL, AND ACHIEVING OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE. CHRIS LOVES TO COME TO WORK
EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND I’M SURE YOU WILL FEEL THE PASSION HE HAS
FOR HIS PEOPLE AND FOR HIS STORE AS SOON AS YOU WALK THROUGH OUR
DOORS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING
CHRIS TO TELL YOU MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT INSIDE THE
STORE.>>GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO OUR NEW STORE IN
DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. WE’RE GOING TO DELIGHT YOU WITH
SO MANY AMENITIES THAT YOU WOULD NOT EXPECT TO SEE IN A STORE IN
DOWNTOWN PHOENIX. INSIDE THE STORE, WE HAVE
CHEESE, THE WINE BAR. AGAIN, OUR GOAL IS TO SERVE OUR
CUSTOMERS EVERY DAY WITH UPLIFT TO MAKE YOU WANT TO COME BACK TO
OUR STORE AND SHOP. WE’RE SO EXCITED TO BE PART OF
THIS DOWNTOWN, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE TODAY. POSTCAP LLC
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