Kristen Childers

Kristen Childers, store manager at Fry’s in Glendale, was named one of the “Top Women in Grocery”


Kristen Childers, store manager at Fry’s Food Stores in Glendale, has been recognized as one of 2021’s “Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer magazine, a national food retailer publication. 

A Surprise resident, Childers is one of three Fry’s leaders locally to receive the national award recognizing women in grocery who display exceptional achievements in and out of the office. She will be honored at the Progressive Grocer awards gala this November in Orlando. 

For nearly two decades, Childers has served in multiple positions with Fry’s including courtesy clerk, cashier, assistant store manager and customer first facilitator. In 2019, Childers was named store manager at Fry’s in Cave Creek where she managed a complete store remodel, oversaw the store’s health and safety efforts during the pandemic and led the store to number one in operations for the Fry’s division. In April 2021, Childers relocated to Glendale to manage the 67th Avenue and Happy Valley Road store.   

“I am extremely honored to be named a one of the leading women in the grocery,” said Childers. “Eighteen years ago, I started my career with Fry’s, and I have never looked back. I have learned so many valuable things from the amazing people I work with, many of whom have become mentors to me and have helped shaped me into the leader I am today. I forever grateful for their guidance and proud to work for a company that acknowledges their associates and rewards great leadership.” 

From strong communication skills to fostering a culture of inclusivity and teamwork, Childers uses her expertise to position Fry’s as a leader in her community. She works closely with her team to ensure stores are always properly stocked with the most relevant and desirable customer products. She is also committed to supporting Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste to end hunger in the communities they call home and eliminate waste across the enterprise. She works closely with her team to reduce food waste in her store by advocating for the company’s food recycling donation program and partnering with local food banks.  

“Kristen is a valued and dedicated Fry’s associate and deserving of this national recognition,” said Monica Garnes, president of Fry’s Food Stores. “She is a true testament to the Fry’s culture, a dedicated leader who shows up for her team daily and inspires them to be innovative thinkers and leaders. We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments.”