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Fairway coming to Pelham in late 2009!

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Here's the reply I got. Anyone have an idea where in Pelham they will be?

Thanks for your great interest in Fairway!

We will be opening a store in Pelham in late 2009. In addition, we continue to look for other opportunities in Westchester County.

Regards,
Aaron

Aaron J. Fleishaker
Vice President of Real Estate
FAIRWAY
"Like No Other Market"
2284 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10027

  1. Pelham???

    Excellent. rlee323, my guess would be on Sandford Blvd., down from where Target is. Good for Pelham, a town with foresight.

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    1. re: dolores

      I'm not sure how much politics are involved with bringing Fairway into Pelham but it's great news. I'd encourage everyone to goto www.fairwaymarket.com and email them and say how excited you are that they are coming - if they see a good response to the news of the store, they might look to add another location further north sooner rather than later...

      1. re: dolores

        Sandford Blvd is Mount Vernon. I'm assuming that it would actually be in Pelham Manor where they have the old retail shopping center along with brand new space across the street on Pelham Pkwy near Boston Post Road.

        1. re: dolores

          oops, I see someone below mentioned Pelham Manor.

        2. My guess, and that's all it is, is that it might go into that shopping center where K-Mart used to be, south on Boston Post Road, right at the Bronx line. That would be the village of Pelham Manor, though.

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          1. re: Pat Hammond

            True, Pat, that's another good location. I didn't realize that K-Mart was gone.

            The best part is that the parking will be free.

          2. Yeah! This is wonderful news and to all the naysayers and the cynics on the post linked below... well, whatever. I'm just happy, happy, happy.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/404051

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            1. re: laylag

              Yes, it's certainly good news. But I'd be happier if it were closer to Central (nevermind Northern) Westchester than it is to The Bronx. Even Port Chester would be better. But it's a start, and at least there's no toll.

            2. This made front page news in yesterday's Pelham Weekly. I had to smile; I've been spreading the word since I read it here. It's big news hereabouts, though.

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              1. re: Pat Hammond

                Pat, help me understand something.
                Is Fairway going to occupy the former K-Mart space,
                or is Fairway going to occupy the former Waldbaums space (next to the OTB).
                I really haven't patronized any of the stores in that shopping center since Caldors left years ago and I'm wondering which of the two spaces would be filled. The K-mart had two floors. Could Fairway be considering that space?

                Also, Pat, can you please comment or update us on whether or not this has been corrected ...

                'The shopping center site was a manufactured gas plant (MGP) from the 1800s until 1951 and was redeveloped in 1966 for its current use as commercial/ retail space. Department of Environmental Conservation investigations found indications of the presence of coal tar in the soil and groundwater.'.

                In the meanwhile, I will read this --> http://www.pelhamweekly.com/atf.php?s...

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  According to an article in the Journal News, Con Ed is cleaning up this site.
                  "Consolidated Edison is doing the site cleanup under a voluntary agreement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Soil and groundwater under the shopping center are contaminated with coal tar, a byproduct of the manufactured gas industry.'
                  They estimated that it will take 18 months. Those of us who have had work done in our homes know what an estimated construction time means.

                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    HI Cheese Boy. Sorry, I don't know for sure which space Fairway will eventually occupy. I've been thinking Kmart, but not for any good reason. I haven't lived here very long; Kmart closed shortly after I moved here.

                    I'm glad your question about the environmental problem was answered by 'lucyis'.

                    1. re: Pat Hammond

                      According to the Journal News "Howie Glickberg, owner of Fairway, said yesterday that he expects to open in a 75,000-square-foot location formerly occupied by Kmart in mid- to late 2009."

                2. So, the first floor of the former K-Mart space will be the new home to Fairway. Thank you all for clearing that up. We will have 75,000 square feet of food attractions to lure us in there like kids to an amusement park. That is going to be *very* difficult to resist. Seriously, who could have asked for a better tenant?

                  And, Fairway is now seen as an anchor store. Everybody wins.

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                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                    Where exactly is this shopping center? South of Home Depot? About how far? I live in Mt. Vernon and that is as far as I usually go on Boston Post Road.

                    1. re: rolise

                      Rolise, 1½ more miles south on Boston Post Rd. The shopping center will be on your right hand side. It's after the gas station on the corner there with the car wash.

                      Fairway ---> http://www.fairwaymarket.com/index.cf...

                  2. FWIW, this article in Crain's says it's opening in 2010. I love Fairway and I will wait patiently for whenever it opens.

                    http://www.crainsnewyork.com/apps/pbc...

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                    1. re: valerie

                      valerie, I only heard about Fairway in Harlem, I never got there. What is Fairway noted for? Do they have their own line of products? If they have their own line of ice cream, do they carry 64 oz. or 56 oz. 'half gallons'?

                      TIA.

                      1. re: dolores

                        The original store on 74th and Broadway was mostly for produce, meats and other perishables. Great selection, great prices. Then they expanded and took over the D'Agostino next door and started carrying more grocery items. I lived a few blocks away and went there all the time, but it still wasn't a place that you could do all of your shopping (although I didn't have kids or a husband at the time, so I could get most stuff there).

                        The Harlem and then the Red Hook store were still mostly noted for produce, meat, etc, but since they were significantly larger, they carried so much more. My husband, daughter and I moved downtown, so my store became the Red Hook store. Loved that place.

                        It's similar to Stew Leonards (which I happen to like but can't get everything there), but again, now that the Fairway stores are larger, they are more like a real supermarket, only better.

                        They have some of their own items -- jarred sauces, olive oils (which are great). Don't know about the ice creams.

                        1. re: valerie

                          Valerie - I beg to differ on the Fairway-Stew Leonard's comparison. I find Fairway nothing like Stew Leonard's. Fairway is much more gourmet with a heavy focus on quality olive oils, cheeses, more "sophisticated" prepared food. I find Stew's prepared stuff to lean heavily toward the fried and their ethnic fare is well - LaChoy level. Fairway also specializes in smoked fishes, organic and specialty type foods (wheat/gluten free, spelt, etc) along with usually excellent produce at very good prices. Again - the produce has lots of products that the middle of the road Stew Leonard's doesn't carry.

                          I lived downtown when I lived in the city so didn't get to frequent the UWS store. When living on LI for a time a few years back I went to the Plainview store regularly. With the added space (like Red Hook which is more recently opened than LI) Fairway was able to expand their carriage of more regular grocery product and you can "almost" buy everything you need there. I expect with 75,000 sq. feet - about twice the size of Plainview - Pelham Manor will have even more to offer. Granted, you don't have as many cereals or salad dressings to select from as you do in a "regular" supermarket but you can do a whole week's shopping in the larger Fairways. I can't wait and agree they are like real supermarket only better - "Like No Other Store in the World". Do you think we'll get our own billboard? : )

                          Dolores - Fairway doesn't specialize in own made dairy products and I don't think they have their own dairy label - that's not their deal. However Fairway's selection of cheeses from all over the world and lots from small suppliers puts Stew Leonard's cheeses to shame.

                          1. re: laylag

                            Yes, you are right. Fairway is definitely more sophisticated than Stews. I guess I was just thinking primarily in terms of produce and meat. I have also bought many a pound of Fairway smoked salmon and its great, as well as platters catered for parties.

                            I've become a foodsnob when it comes to prepared foods anywhere, though. They always look good at Fairway, but I love to cook and no matter where I buy prepared foods, I always feel that I can make them better! I do like their tuna salad and some pasta salads though.

                            Trust me when I say that I will be a loyal customer at Fairway when it opens. But for right now, Stews is still better than the supermarkets for several things -- dairy, produce, plus my kids like going there!

                            1. re: valerie

                              Amazing smoked salmon at a great price.

                              Also, not sure if its the same exact version at all Fairway's but the potato salad in Plainview is killer. The crazy thing is I'm not even a big fan or potato salad and when I do eat it, I want it to be a creative version and Fairway's is pretty straight forward yet amazingly delicious. And totally concur on the pasta salads. I don't generally like them but theirs is really good.

                              I like to cook too and know what you mean about prepared foods. If I'm going to pay a ton of money it better be much better than I can make myself for much less and generally it's not.

                              1. re: laylag

                                Thanks laylag and valerie. I look forward to Fairway opening.

                                That was mostly snark on the ice cream, I was hoping they'd have a Fairway 'White Rose' type ice cream and still have 64 ounces. Like the dodo, it's all gone.

                                I agree on the prepared foods. As tired as I get sometimes, I still haven't set foot in a Boston Market.

                                Smoked salmon AND a great cheese selection under one roof? Sounds like Morton Williams (I don't do Whole Foods) has some competition.

                                1. re: dolores

                                  Morton Williams can't hold a candle to Fairway. Dolores, once it's here you won't believe you were ever able to live - happily - without it.

                                  1. re: laylag

                                    I hope the deli counter and prepared foods area in westchester is more sanitary than the set-up on the UWS. Prepared foods on top of the deli counter with clear plastic to see the food rising about a foot from the counter. Of course, every customer when placing their order either puts their hands on the plastic leaving ugly fingerprints or puts both hands on top and yells the order with their mouth just above the plastic spraying all over the food.

                                    Or an olive bar with "freebies" and plastic cups with 20 or 30 pits all over the place... very attractive.

                                    1. re: cstumiller

                                      You must mean the Harlem location. That doesn't describe the UWS (74th St.) location in the slightest (and I shop there twice a week).

                                      To the OP and others -- don't forget that Fairway (in addition to wonderful cheese and produce mentioned by others) also roasts their own coffee.

                            2. re: laylag

                              Agreed -- it's closer to Whole Foods, but with much more reasonable prices.

                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                Like Whole Foods you'll find lots of high quality bulk items such as brown rice, spelt, and stone ground corn meal. In addition, if you like, they have a wide selection of Carribbean fruits and vegetables. I hope they will continue to have the Amy's bread and Zabar baked goods that they have in Harlem.

                                1. re: lucyis

                                  Zabar baked books? Do they have their chocolate croissants? When I've had Fairways in the past they have not been nearly as good as Zabar's.

                      2. Wow this is really good news...hope its true...I am moving to New Rochelle in a few months so I have one more thing to look forward to about it~!

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                        1. re: winston669

                          WoW!
                          I haven't checked in for quite a while but I'm happy to see Fairway expanding to the N. Bronx/Westchester border.
                          I used to live off of Pelham Pkwy. in the Bronx (back when we were making babies)...This news sorta makes me wish I hadn't moved (or left their employ for that matter) all those years ago.
                          With the Jersey store starting construction as well, it looks like Howie&Co. will be busy trying to find quality help, among other things.

                        2. Just read that B.J.'s wholesale club will be opening in the Pelham Manor Shopping Plaza too! The Pelham Weekly gives a target of the first half of 2009. I'd never heard of B.J's until yesterday when I saw it mentioned in a thread on the Chains board.

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                          1. re: Pat Hammond

                            S/O, S/O as Costco and Sam's. BJ's does have the distinction, I think, of being the first. I remember them being a novelty in Bridgeport, CT back in the day.

                            1. re: dolores

                              From what I've read, it seems to be possible to buy less than army-sized items at that store. That would appeal to me. We shall see! Of course it's Fairway that has me salivating.

                          2. The store will be in the Post Road Plaza shopping center, on US 1 near the Hutch. That whole area is being renovated and upscaled.
                            http://www.pelhamweekly.com/atf.php?s...

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                            1. re: aquinnahsun

                              Don't hold your breath, Westchesterites. The rumors of Fairway in Paramus started in early 2007-- then they kept setting the date back. Then they said there were lawsuits over the name. They finally opened March 2009. Maybe Westchester will have better luck.

                              P.S. I still like the Broadway store better...

                              1. re: menton1

                                The had problems with the name in NJ because there was already a Fairway there. They will have no such problem in New York so obvious it has no relevance here. They probably also had problems getting approval to change the Fashion Mall. Since they're replacing an empty shopping center in Pelham, hopefully those issues do not exist

                                A friend told me they're opening a store in Stamford, CT as well. Looks like it will be near the water: http://www.greenwichtime.com/ci_12497...

                                1. re: menton1

                                  I drove into the building site less than a week ago and there's lots going on with that building. I saw a guy in a hard hat and asked if he knew when the Fairway was likely to open. He thought around the hoiidays. I'm not holding my breath, but my hopes are high!

                                  1. re: Pat Hammond

                                    Did you ask him which holidays? :-).

                                    1. re: Pat Hammond

                                      Is it going to be where the BJ'S just opened? I hope they will open. I will have to watch my spending especially in this recession! I drive to BKLYN just to go there. Makes a nice car ride...

                                      1. re: Paris76

                                        Just curious why you would drive to Brooklyn instead of going to the 125th Street location, coming from Westchester?

                                        1. re: LNG212

                                          Parking parking parking. And I love driving so it's not really a bother. We always end up having a quick drink in the Village on the way home...

                                          1. re: Paris76

                                            ah, okay. I get it, you make a day out of it. That makes more sense now.

                                            1. re: LNG212

                                              Yep a day trip. It's like a mini vacation since I am out of Mount Kisco for a day...

                                2. The most recent Pelham Weekly announced the opening for February 2010.

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                                  1. re: Pat Hammond

                                    Thanks Pat. Good to know although the wait has seemed interminable.

                                    1. re: laylag

                                      Crushed. Was still hoping for late 2009!

                                      1. re: lollypop

                                        Crushed? It's 2 months later than "late 2009". Disappointed, maybe.

                                        1. re: MisterBill2

                                          So. where do you shop that compares?

                                          1. re: lollypop

                                            I go to the Fairway in Paramus every once in a while. For those times that I don't, I do not allow the quality of my life to revolve around whether I am able to get to Fairway, and simply make do with a normal supermarket.

                                            Like I said, it's mildly disappointing, but being crushed is overly melodramatic.

                                    1. re: julietg

                                      I'm almost out of olive oil, still need a good place to buy fish, tired of going to a fruit store and a grocery store and a place to buy coffee and., and, and. I can't wait till spring. Hopefully, this open date is not pushed back any further.

                                      1. re: laylag

                                        Did you notice the mention of the store's first in-house wine store? Oh boy! I was poking around over there a few days ago and it's looking good!

                                        1. re: Pat Hammond

                                          Pat, it's going to be very interesting to see what Fairway will do to the whole dynamic of the area there in Pelham. I'm really wondering WHO it will attract and from HOW FAR.

                                          No matter how a person dissects it, I think shopping there is going to be a blast and I'm sure you agree. Fairway is a destination store for sure with WINES now too !

                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                            Oh, I agree with that! What's been surprising to me is that those I've talked to (not a large number of folks, but still...) have never heard of Fairway. Yes, it'll be very interesting indeed!

                                            1. re: Cheese Boy

                                              Fairway's request for a license to sell wine, beer, and liquor has been approved, according to today's Pelham Weekly. The BJ's wholesale club was denied. The licensing was opposed by merchants here in town, as one might imagine. Di Cicco's has the best beer selection that I've ever seen, though.

                                              1. re: Pat Hammond

                                                Wow, they'll be a one stop shop! How cool.

                                                I fear I won't find a parking space until this time next year.

                                                1. re: anonymouse1935

                                                  You're underestimating them. The Plainview store has been around forever, and the parking lot is always mobbed!

                                                  Congratulations on having a Fairway open near you.

                                                  1. re: mcf

                                                    The Plainview lot is mobbed but it's not like you can't find a parking spot.

                                                    Paramus is also very busy but still shoppable. There were "only" 15 people ahead of me at deli on Saturday afternoon. I know that Fairway is a great place but I really find it hard to believe that it will become the zoo that some of you folks make it seem like it will be. It will probably be bad the first few weeks but then it should calm down. That's what happened in Paramus.

                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                      Depending on the day and time, there's a lot of parking lot gridlock in P'view.
                                                      The deli dept. is even worse, though, many times. Just mobbed, often not following the numbers on the digital counter, a lot of jostling and shoving. I find weekdays at around 4-4:30 p.m. during the school year to be ideal shopping time.

                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                        >> often not following the numbers on the digital counter

                                                        Ouch. I don't like that. I don't do rude, especially in Westchester, where rude is BAU.

                                                        It's incredible, how many people are looking forward to the opening, Fairway has star status and it hasn't even gotten here yet.

                                                        I am definitely waiting until the wee hours of the morning, months and months from now.

                                      2. Mr. Fleishaker, of Fairway, recently spoke at the Rotary Club in Pelham. He said the new store would open the second week in April.

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                                        1. re: Pat Hammond

                                          Liz Johnson reported the opening date is April 5th.

                                          1. re: MisterBill2

                                            Mr. Fleishaker said he wanted to avoid Easter and Passover. Something about those times periods being among the most busy for the market and he wanted to be sure everything was up and running smoothly, with all the staff adequately trained, so he wanted to avoid that part of the month for the opening. That's a rough paraphrase, but that was the jist.

                                            1. re: Pat Hammond

                                              Well, April 5th is the last day of Passover. I can see that they wouldn't want to open right before a heavy shopping holiday. On the other hand, they will be a zoo when they open no matter when that is (but hopefully the registers will not be that bad, that was the case in Paramus, and still is, no matter how busy the store is).

                                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                                My strategy for Fairway in the city was always: NEVER on a weekend, best to go Friday at 8pm. Wonder what the hours will be? The city stores are open till 10.

                                                1. re: julietg

                                                  74th Street is open until 1 am.

                                                    1. re: julietg

                                                      Your timing strategy is a good one. Never on the weekend. I go around 7 or 7:30 a.m. -- similar to your idea of later evening. There are so few people shopping at that time that I've developed a nice rapport with several staff members there (74th Street).

                                                      I'd recommend the early or late strategy to anyone who dislikes crowds.

                                                  1. re: julietg

                                                    I've been to the one in Paramus on the weekend and it's not that bad.The deli counter was the only thing that was really busy. And when you get to the registers, they have so many of them open that there is rarely a wait. Hopefully Pelham will be the same.

                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                      I hope so, MisterBill. ShopRite is now naviagable -- very nice store -- so I hope Fairway lightens up in traffic after awhile - early in the morning - on a weekday.

                                                      I can't wait.

                                            2. how do you get to the fairway in pelham manor from nyc? i know we have one in the city but if we needed to get to this one specifically. thanks.

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                                              1. re: fein

                                                It's not open yet, but you would take the Hutch.

                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                  i know it opens in april. can you take public transportation or only drive?

                                                  1. re: fein

                                                    Sure you can take public transportation. To eliminate a lot of guesswork, give me a starting point where you're coming from. UES ? UWS ? Midtown ?

                                              2. i have also been anxiously awaiting fairway's arrival. To the point i had my nose pressed up to the window the other day ( i had to drive right past it anyway). they are starting to put in shelving and i think i counted about 18 register rows, not sure if each was single or not and may not even be all, but it looks like there should be plenty of registers and fairly quick check-out

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                                                1. re: rich51

                                                  If the city stores are an example, there are always at least three checkers working- right up until close. I've never once waited behind more than 1 or 2 carts.

                                                  The website says April 2010. So excited!!

                                                  1. re: julietg

                                                    I really don't think you can expect this store to be anything like the NYC stores (at least in terms of checkout). The one in Paramus has at least 18 registers (I thought it was over 20) and there has never been a wait to check out except possibly the first time we went right after the opened.

                                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                                      Correct Misterbill. You have to expect Pelham to compare with newer stores like Paramus and Plainview (I haven't been to Red Hook). The stores are much larger, more grid-like, and with many more registers.

                                                      Would it be totally dorky and insane to go opening day? I may not be able to hold on much longer than that.

                                                      1. re: laylag

                                                        The pent-up demand for this opening may be overwhelming. We've been waiting 2 years! I'll see you there laylag, along with thousands of our closest friends.

                                                        1. re: Reposado

                                                          Opening day for Fairway should be treated like opening Day for season ticket holders of any professional sport. It's a great day. We live for food, while they live for that. LOL. I will likely be the only one with the foam #1 Fan on my hand, but I'm fine with that. See you all there !!!

                                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                            It's worth the trip and the crowds just to buy their store brand D.O.P. Gata Hurdes olive oil. If you like very peppery, full flavored stuff, anyhoo. And they carry a very reasonably priced brand of grass fed Aussie beef, Oze, and wonderful Dubreton pork, which were the most amazing baby back ribs I've ever smoked. Enjoy!

                                                            1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                              I'll be looking out for you Cheeseboy. Can't wait!

                                                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                I got a flyer in the mail today. It opens at 9 a.m. on 4/14. I wonder if will open earlier after opening day? That seems late to me.

                                                                1. re: Pat Hammond

                                                                  Plainview opens at 7am and Paramus at 8, so I assume it will be one of those.

                                                                  Do they have any good sales for the grand opening in the flyer?

                                                                  1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                    No specific prices. It was more an introduction to Fairway Markets, in general.

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                                                                    50 Manetto Hill Mall, Plainview, NY 11803

                                                                    1. re: Pat Hammond

                                                                      There was a huge poster at the 74th St. (Manhattan) Fairway this morning announcing the opening of the Pelham Store. The poster said it would be the largest Fairway ever and listed some of the specialties -- kosher butcher on premises (with rabbinical supervision); large artisanal product section; fully stocked organic section; among other things. Sounds great for you all. Hope the staff there is as great as the people at 74th Street.

                                                                      1. re: LNG212

                                                                        The cheese guys in Red Hook have told me that they trained the cheese guys in Pelham. IMO the cheese department is the best in terms of customer service. I'm psyched to have that service in Westchester.

                                                                        1. re: LNG212

                                                                          Wow - sounds amazing! It just keeps getting better and better. T-13 - can't wait.

                                                                          1. re: LNG212

                                                                            All of the large Fairway stores have a kosher butcher. Between that (in Paramus) and Costco in Nanuet (where they now carry kosher meat) I don't go to my butcher on Long Island anymore (I used to make the trip from Westchester and fill my freezer every few months).

                                                                            They also have kosher deli at the counter and you actually don't have to tell the employees to change their gloves before touching the kosher meat, they do it on their own (plus they have a sign saying that they do it).

                                                                      2. re: Pat Hammond

                                                                        I noticed in todays Journal News an advertisement that they were opening at 10 am not 9 am like in the flyer I also got.

                                                          2. Hey, I got the Fairway flyer today also along with the rest of the circulars we usually get for the area. I jumped up and down in excitement like it was Christmas morning, and yet I couldn't convince anyone at home to come join me on Opening day.

                                                            The closest competition for Fairway is BJ's, Costco, Stop n Shop and Shop Rite.

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                                                            1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                              LOL Cheese Boy...I'll see you there, 2 friends and I put the date on our calendars about a month ago :-)

                                                              1. re: SweetPea914

                                                                I need new friends believe me ... LOL. See you there !!!

                                                                1. re: SweetPea914

                                                                  If opening day is anything like the opening day for the Expo turned Shoprite in New Rochelle, get ready to set your alarm clock for dawn in order to get a parking spot. Westchester is hungry for good food stores...pun intended.

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                                                                  628 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801

                                                                2. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                  None of those are competition for Fairway.

                                                                3. I can't wait to check this place out. I got the flyer which was only semi informative. Anyone know if this place carries a decent replica of Morcilla Sausage? I know we can't get the real Spanish stuff in America, but I have been able to obtain reasonably close American made products from DeSpana (and Tienda.com). How bout Spanish Olives? And Spanish Olive Oil like Unio?

                                                                  And my favorite of all time Fabada Beans? (For less than 20 bucks a pound would be nice).

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                                                                  1. re: jcmods

                                                                    they don't have a good Morcilla (and frankly, neither does anyone else. The folks from Despana are from Morcilla and they can't replicate it either).

                                                                    They have a number of store brand Spanish olive oils that are quite good and reasonably priced.

                                                                    Spanish olives, check. Jamon Serrano, check. Boquerones, check.

                                                                    Chorizo's not as good as Despana, but not as bad as the Mexican stuff.

                                                                    If there is anything specific you want, you should definately ask. Superb customer service is their hallmark.

                                                                    1. re: julietg

                                                                      I know whatcha mean about Morcilla not being even close to the Spanish stuff. But the stuff at DeSpana is better than the stuff I got at a supermarket in Newark once. THAT WAS REVOLTING. It is really a problem with the USDA why we can not get mostly real spanish sausage here (except for Palacio Chorizo which is only the tip of the iceberg, but the only one that is really at all decent). I don't really put Mexican Chorizo in the same category as Spanish as they are really not interchangable. Great that they have Boquerones and Real Jamon Serrano!

                                                                      1. re: jcmods

                                                                        Have you looked at the La Tienda website (tienda.com)? They have all kinds of food products imported from Spain including chorizo, lomo, and several grades of jamon. Their morcilla is US made, but they carry several different varieties. It's our favorites source for Spanish food. .

                                                                        1. re: Maryld

                                                                          Yes, Tienda is great. But was hoping to avoid the overnight shipping which really jacks the prices up.

                                                                      2. re: julietg

                                                                        Have you seen dry curd cottage cheese at Fairway? I think Farmer's cheese might do.

                                                                    2. Oh goody. The new Fairway sales circular has some very nice prices (read loss leaders) advertised for the upcoming Opening Day. Fairway EVOO $4.99/ltr, Norwegian Jarlsberg $3.99/lb, Jumbo shrimp $5.99/lb, Muir Glen tomatoes 3/$5, Fairway baguettes .99/ea,
                                                                      Bonne Maman jams 2/$5, etc. etc. etc.

                                                                      Is anyone interested yet ?

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                                                                      1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                        Very. But I won't go until the crowds die down, if ever.

                                                                        I can just IMAGINE the cell phone usage when it first opens!!!

                                                                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                          Wow - $4.99/ltr for their olive oil??? That's fantastic - even better than the price they did at the original store for their 75th Anniversary a couple of summers ago. That's about 1/2 price even. Definitely grab yourself more than one bottle. It's our go-to everyday olive oil.

                                                                          Good luck on opening day!

                                                                          1. re: LNG212

                                                                            I'm pretty sure I bought the olive oil for $4.99 at the Paramus store during one of their weekly sales. I think the regular price is $7.99 but I am not positive.

                                                                            I would like to go opening day or weekend but now even I am getting afraid of the crowds. I can't believe that Shoprite would be a zoo during their grand opening. They should have special hours (and parking) for the folks here who have been waiting for this opening.

                                                                            1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                              Someone on another thread brought up the idea of a Secret ChowHounder Sign. I think that would be perfect to gain early entry!!! ;)

                                                                              The litre of olive oil at 74th Street in Manhattan is usually 8.99, I think.

                                                                              1. re: LNG212

                                                                                They should let rlee323 cut the ribbon since they posted there news here almost two years ago.

                                                                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                  That is kind of you to say although I remember Laylag keeping close tabs on this as well. I work in NYC and used to live down the street from the original bwat & 74th street location so I'm very, very excited they are finally in Westchester. I'll be interested in hearing from everyone when the quieter periods are to go (I assume late in the evening on the weekdays)...

                                                                                  1. re: rlee323

                                                                                    >>I'll be interested in hearing from everyone when the quieter periods are to go (I assume late in the evening on the weekdays)...

                                                                                    That is my fear. I will waits weeks and months if necessary before I go, but from the posts here and the optimal location, I have a feeling they will be packed for a long, long, long, long time. Shoprite in New Rochelle is a lovely ghost town in the morning, now that the crush is over.

                                                                              2. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                "I would like to go opening day or weekend but now even I am getting afraid of the crowds."

                                                                                C'mon people. If I can brave the crowds ( with my 3 month old and my not even 3 year in tow even), you too can do it ;-)
                                                                                If I had some common sense (or self control!) I'd probably wait a couple weeks to check it out...

                                                                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                                                                  The email I got yesterday from Fairway said there would be parking for 500 cars. I don't drive and don't have a car ... but that sounds like a lot to me. Is it?

                                                                                  1. re: LNG212

                                                                                    Not for Fairway! Honestly, the parking situation in Plainview is a nightmare and that store's been there for years. Best time to go is after school hours, between 3:30 and 5:00 at my store.

                                                                              3. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                Not in the jumbo shrimp; at my Fairway, that's about a 21 count per lb, hardly jumbo. Check out the produce for the variety of peppers, and the olive oils they put out with bread for sampling (D.O.P. Gata Hurdes is amazingly peppery and rich). And all the vinegars, grass fed milk...

                                                                                1. re: mcf

                                                                                  I stay away from the oils Fairway sets out for sampling: I've seen way too much double dipping there.

                                                                                  1. re: Scott_R

                                                                                    Yeah, I tend to dip only into ones that have no crumbs or balsamic drops in them. But it's how I found my best oils. For the record, I tear the bread into small pieces before dipping.

                                                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                                                      Some time ago I saw someone double-dip at the Fairway oils and I said something to him; he was totally mystified as to why what he did was wrong.

                                                                                      1. re: Scott_R

                                                                                        Uh oh. That doesn't bode well on people having the manners not to use a cellphone when they're shopping.

                                                                                        1. re: anonymouse1935

                                                                                          People jabbering on the cell while shopping is a mild irritant; dipping their saliva-coated bread back into the olive oil is downright disgusting.

                                                                                          That's one thing I wish Fairway would revise: surely there's a more sanitary solution (no pun intended).

                                                                                          1. re: Scott_R

                                                                                            It is disgusting. The sanitary solution might be clear glass (so you could still see the oils) pump dispensers. At least then you could pump with your wrist or arm to avoid germy contact.

                                                                                            1. re: mcf

                                                                                              If the oils are out and open, I just pour a bit on my bread instead...

                                                                              4. If the shopping experience ( this includes the parking lot ) is anything like it is at the nearby BJs I will continue to shop at the Harlem store.

                                                                                1. Fairway's latest e-newsletter specifies an opening of 10 a.m. It also lists some prizes and such --
                                                                                  --the first 400 customers will receive a reusable Fairway totebag filled with good Fairway stuff (sounds like olive oil, coffee and other items)
                                                                                  --on April 11, 12, 13 at 3 pm a trivia question will be posted to Fairway's facebook and twitter accounts. the first person to answer correctly wins a $20 gift card plus S. Jenkins's most recent book.
                                                                                  --giveaways and prizes (doesn't specify what or when)

                                                                                  Have fun, all of you!

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                                                                                  1. re: LNG212

                                                                                    Nice, I just won the facebook trivia question for the day. Thanks for the info!!
                                                                                    The website now says opening Wed...I thought it was Thursday..

                                                                                    1. re: SweetPea914

                                                                                      Congrats! I'm actually in the middle of Steve's book now. It's quite a fun read. It's so hilarious that he writes just like he speaks.

                                                                                      I think it's always been the 14th.

                                                                                  2. Who's been today to report on Fairway's opening?

                                                                                    1. OMG what craziness, do not go today unless you are REALLY bored. I went around 10 am thinking most people would be at work and that it couldn't be THAT crowded. I was wrong. I left around 12 noon and there were police everywhere directing traffic and not letting anyone make left hand turns so getting home took forever and the line to check out went to the back of the store and was not moving quickly. parking was also hard to find, but the parking lot looked a little less chaotic when I was leaving than it did when i was arriving.
                                                                                      The store has a slightly confusing lay out, sort of like Stews,so I think I missed about half the store. i'm sure it will just take some getting used to. I wanted to check out the cafe but never saw it. Prices were good but I was underwhelmed by the cauliflower and english cucumbers both of which looked a little wilted.
                                                                                      The aisles are much wider than Harlem and UWS which is great. And there is definitely a much larger selection. I'll probably still use Fresh Direct for a while (so much easier than grocery shopping with 2 small children) but hopefully the crowds will die down a bit and this will be my go-to grocery store for produce and such!
                                                                                      I just had some of their smoked salmon on a bagel for lunch yummy!

                                                                                      1. Since the store opened officially today, we'll lock this thread. This thread was started on opening day: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7013...