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Feb 25, 2008 11:11 AM

Is Fairway Market coming to Paramus, NJ?

I heard a rumor back in June that Fairway Market was coming to Route 17 in the fashion center in Paramus. I haven't heard anything else about it. Last I heard there were some issues b/c of Fairway that is in Fort Lee. I'm not sure if they are part of the Fairway Market that is in Manhattan though. Anyone have any news?

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  1. Did a quick poke around Google. Sounds like the Fairway in Fort Lee is not part of the Fairway Market of NYC. The Fairway/NYC group is the one that wants to open in Paramus, but they are having legal difficulty (trademark issues) because of the Fairway/Fort Lee group:

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    1. re: Concetta

      Yes, that's just what I was talking about. I wish I knew if the trouble was resolved yet.

    2. While Fairway is up for discussion, I recall some talk in the past about the possibility of a Westchester store. Anything out there about that?

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      1. re: otisman

        The announcement last year was that the opening was scheduled for Fall 2008. I would sincerely doubt that the hissy fit that the little Fort Lee store had over the name would do anything to change the prospective opening date. Probably more to do with permits from Paramus.

        1. re: menton1

          That little hissy store has been around for over forty years, does quite a good business for it self, and seeming that they have properly registered and trademarked their name in Bergen County (and very possibly all of New Jersey) "Fairway" is their name to use in that jurisdiction. NY Fairway can't even use the argument that they have been in business longer, because they have not. It looks like NY Fairway is going to have to fork over some serious retirement money to NJ Fairway for this one.

        2. re: otisman

          Unless things have changed, the Westchester Fairway possibility was little more than a rumor based on a response of "we're always looking for new locations" when someone asked about Westchester.

          1. re: MisterBill2

            Not true that it was little more than a rumor Mister Bill. Had conversation today and was told that Fairway will be happening in Westchester although those plans have been pushed back and Paramus is opening next. After that Queens. Will tell entire conversation on the Fairway coming to Westchester thread for which I was the OP who inquired and received the email.

            1. re: laylag

              Can't find the link you are mentioning and am very curious about your mention of upcoming locations, especially Queens.

              1. re: Shayna Madel

                No need to be offended for the Cafasso store in Fort Lee. It seemed like a hissy fit to me, because Cafasso knows that they have ZERO customers from Paramus and environs. The Fort Lee store is a very difficult spot to get to, and its loyal customers hail from FT Lee and the immediate surroundings.

                NO ONE will confuse the 2, and FT Lee will lose NO business to the Paramus Fairway. That's why I consider that whine they had last year about the name a "hissy fit". They should worry more about their FT Lee customers shooting over the GW to the Harlem Fairway!!

                1. re: menton1

                  Contrary to your statement, I know of people that go to Fairway, Fort Lee from Saddle River. They have the right to the Fairway name in New Jersey. I am quite certain that this can be worked out but not if New York Fairway takes some bulldog attitude.

                  1. re: menton1

                    Sounds like you don't run a business. When NYC Fairway opened, I thought it was a branch of the Ft. Lee store.

                2. re: laylag

                  Laylag, I found your thread but did not see your update.

                  1. re: love2cookmb

                    I haven't had time to write the update but will do so today or tomorrow. Seems like it would be a quick thing I know but I have another part of the yesterday's Fairway visit story I want to tell and don't want to be responsible for a zillion Fairway posts.

                    1. re: laylag

                      I emailed fairway directly and was told that the hold up is still because of the store in Fort Lee. I asked when it would open and the reply was "we are not at liberty to discuss our plans right now...". So, I'm curious to know if you have any info other than that.

                      1. re: love2cookmb

                        Actually, FT Lee is CLOSER to the Harlem Fairway than the would-be store in Ridgewood/Paramus. If there is someone with a legal background that could enlighten us on the exact legal issues involved here, that would be appreciated. I wouldn't think this has to do with State lines, but perhaps it does. I've also seen slight variations on a name that worked.

                        P.S. The NY Fairway has been in business 20 years longer than the Ft Lee one.

                        1. re: menton1

                          Not even close, the NJ little Fairway was established in 1961.

                          1. re: laylag

                            A phone call to the Fashion Center management office confirmed the Fairway opening circa Fall '08. P.S. to byrd: Fairway on Bway and 74th was established in the mid-1940s.

                            1. re: menton1

                              Thanks menton1 for going the extra mile and getting the correct info. Just seven or eight months to go. Until they open one in Westchester the Tappan Zee and I will be seeing a lot of each other. This is very exciting. Isn't that pathetic - I'm like a Fairway groupie.

                              1. re: laylag

                                maybe not a groupie, but desparate for a good grocery store in Bergen county...The current choices dissapoint me to no end.


                  Looks like it's been approved and they can start construction.

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                  1. I live 5 minutes away and the GOOD NEWS is they expect to be open in the fall around september october. On the back door where they are doing construction is the Fairway logo.

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                    1. re: dagarb

                      Well, we're in Mid September now! Any updates? Hopefully they'll be ready to go before Thanksgiving!!! I can't wait!

                    2. I heard now that they are not opening up in Paramus until the beginning of 2009