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Aug 13, 2006 08:38 PM

Tuller no more?

boy that came without warning...

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  1. tuller on court street?

    1. Yup, they had a "last day" sign on the window

      1. i walked in yesterday - there was absolutely nothing left on the shelves. i asked what was going on: apparently they are closing down for two weeks, and then reopening under a new owner. the word is "more prepared foods, less focus on the cheese"...

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        1. re: bothrops_asper

          I did notice one of Tuller's cheese gurus is now at Stinky Brooklyn, which is fine with me. Stinky is a far more approachable store, in my opinion.

        2. Could this be the first of many "Fairway" casualties? Stay may not be pretty for Court Street once the specialty food stores feel the pinch of big-box competition.

          To their credit, the local folks like FishTales, the Pacific Street corner and Marquet carry equivalent-to-better quality goods than FW. It's where a price-war could, unfortunately, tip the balance.

          Funny thing is, Fairway can thrive in its Red Hook bubble as a one-stop-shop environment with parking lot, but if price and value are your key objectives, neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Chinatown (8th Avenue), Borough Park and Brighton Beach rule. Frankly, I see little difference between the boxes of Washington State cherries ($2.99/pound @ FW, browning and sticky, 3 pounds for $4.00 Chinatown) or Baby carrots ($1.00/bag most anywhere, $1.49 at FW)...those 50% - 200% differences add up folks.

          And remember, the splashy Fairway print-ad has, count 'em, about a few dozen weekly sale specials...local supermarkets typically have a few hundred! It still bugs me that FW's printer repeats the "Red Hook, NY 11231" address mistake over and over.

          Fairway is many things, including a recreational excursion and a place of refuge, a sunset-watching spot in the drop-dead view outdoor cafe...but continued patronage of neighborhood stores is no less significant.

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          1. re: Mike R.

            And let's not forget Sahadi's. I was in there on Saturday and there was no line at the cashier.

            1. re: dimples

              My recollection is that Sahadi's is always quiet on summer Saturdays. I'm guessing that after Labor Day the usual bustle will return.

              1. re: Marion Morgenthal

                yeah...i'm not too worried about sahadi's losing business, and i'm sure charlie isn't either. if you have any doubts, go back the first saturday of september around noon, and take a for tuller, hopefully the new owner will stock laboratorio del gelato and a good selection of bread -- the only items i would occasionally rely on tuller for.

                1. re: bothrops_asper

                  1 Girl Cookies on Dean st. sells Laboratorio del gelato.

            2. re: Mike R.

              I don't think Fairway will take over food boutique sales. It may effect ir but consider a few things:

              1 There are many foodies who can't stand Fairway. Look no further than searching Chowhound archives for proof of that. These people will be loyal to whatever market(s) they've always been loyal to. I'm in between, having had lots of savings and mostly good food from Fairway and also being loyal to my local favorites.

              2 Shops on Smith and Court, the Heights etc will -always- have foot traffic from commuters who don't particularly feel like getting in a car, cab, bus to get to Fairway. Sure there are Red Hook foodies that shop at Fairway. But for the larger financial share of the market, these people live in the Heights, Boerum, Cobble, Carroll areas. They will shop locally.

              3 I for one, and maybe others, have no problem spening that 10-20% more to enjoy conversation and human intereaction with my foodstore managers and market employees. Sure I can save a load of dough at Fairway but small markets remind me of why I live in a borough like Brooklyn and not the burbs.

              I do understand that having 10-20% to spend on shopping local is a luxury. Who knows? If I lose my job, maybe Fairway will be visited more often.

            3. I believe that it may be a Stinky casualty more than a Fairway casualty.