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Oh Boy Stamford...BIG NEWS!

Fairway is coming to Stamford in about 18+ mos. Its coming to the Yale & Towne property on the corner of Canal & Market. GREAT NEWS! Let's hope this deal doesn't fall through.

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  1. Stamford and Mount Vernon? Very good news indeed.

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    1. re: dolores

      oh i PRAY this happens!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love fairway

      1. re: missmar79

        I used to work a few blocks from there and loved it but how is the quality now adays?
        Is it very overpriced in comparison to Stop and Shop or Stew Leonards?

        1. re: nbermas

          Wow, this is huge!

          nbermas, to answer your question, I'm a huge fan of Stew Leonards, but Fairway is in a different league altogether. It's more expensive, but for what it offers, it's reasonable.

          As for Stop & Shop... it is just like any other grocery store in my opinion. Nice if it's close, but crappy otherwise.

          Now, even with Fairway, I'll still go to Stew's for dairy. Nothing beats Stew's dairy (milk, butter, cream, etc.) - particularly for the price.

          1. re: adamclyde

            Fairway more expensive?!! Maybe I'm completely blind to this from my 15 years of loyalty to Fairway having always lived within 10 blocks of one, but I STILL drive to NYC to shop there (after moving to CT). I do love Stews, but Fairway blows Stews away on selection and price for produce and cheese and many other things. Stews defintely has its moments and does dairy and several other things better, but definitely not in the same league as Fairway as far as quality or price or selection in general in my mind.

            1. re: gunksny

              re: fairway v. stews, that's exactly what I said. Stew's own dairy is cheaper and and higher quality. But anything else at stews... can't say the comparison.

              1. re: adamclyde

                True. General dairy though, not 'serious' cheese which Fairways does amazingly well at relatively reasonable prices and which the selection of which I find seriously lacking at Stew's. It's not comparable at all.

      2. re: dolores

        Mount Vernon?!?!?!?
        Last thing I thought I heard was Pellum (sp??).

        1. re: Jon1856

          It is Pelham. So Pelham and now hopefully Stamford - since I'm practically right in the middle in Mamaroneck this is beyond my wildest expectations. Life is good.

          1. re: laylag

            I would be more likley myself to go take a peek up in Stamford than Pelham.
            And would be likely to shop there than Stu's in Yonkers.

      3. amanda, any more news on this..id love to hear!

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        1. re: missmar79

          I don't have any more news... I work in the war zone over here in the south end, my building is owned by Antares, they were the ones who told us. The lease has apparently been signed and they said 18 months....but at the rate things are going over here, I think it will be longer. There are still lots of machines over in that area digging and leveling the ground. If I see anything substantial being built, I will let you know!

          1. re: amanda3571

            ha! i think we work in the same building! i'm all the way at the end of canal..- this construction stinks! especially today with the cops manning the light..

            that's great that they signed the lease..so now I can officially look forward to my DIY olive bar in about 2 years..

            thanks for the update

            1. re: missmar79

              Nope, not the same building, but very close by. I'm right in the midst of the Uban Transitway project. I have no words for the construction other than....it's exhausting. At least the thought of Fairway is a bright spot at the end of this mess. Although, I do worry about how they're going to fare with that awful Rubino's across the street.

            2. re: amanda3571

              Lets hope it doesn't fall through in 'negotiations'. Sounds like some tax or other breaks are expected ..


          2. What is this Fairway of which you speak?

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            1. I was mildly excited about the Whole Foods at the Bulls Head teaser (which really shows how desperate I had become having moved up here from the city), but this news has MADE MY DAY!!! Thanks!

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              1. re: gunksny

                Good news, I just wish it wasn't so far downtown. I liked the idea of Whole Foods at Bulls Head better.

              2. Hooray!

                From today's Advocate:

                The Zoning Board voted unanimously this week to approve a final site plan that would bring Fairway, a New York supermarket chain, to the former site of Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co.

                The proposed 55,000-square-foot store is to open early next year at Canal and Market streets, said Aaron Fleishaker, vice president of real estate for Fairway.


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                1. re: A avenue

                  YOU JUST MADE MY DAY! I am so thrilled!! I cant wait for that place!!! Its walking distance from where I work!!!

                  1. re: missmar79

                    The skeleton of the store is now up!

                    1. re: amanda3571

                      Ok so Stamford it's going to open or Pelham? I am so confused!

                      1. re: Paris76

                        I think both. Stamford, I can tell you, for sure is.

                          1. re: Jon1856

                            Fairway has great smoked salmon, REAL bagels and bialy's, They also have a REAL cheese dept (one of my major gripes with Stew).

                            I think that, when on sale, Stews beef is and will still be better than Fairway. And Fairway's Lettuces and greens are fine but don't hold a candle, quality-wise to Vinegar Factory. The produce is equivalent to Stew's.

                            In fact last night I grilled the Skirt steaks made a chimichurri sauce it was fantastic. Beef is the best thing they have at Stew's.

                            1. re: shark_attack

                              Agreed that Stews Beef (and fresh Mozzarella) are likely better than Fairways. And the produce is on par ... but MUCH MUCH cheaper at Fairway than at Stews. Its a shame the opening of Fairway is delayed.

                              1. re: gunksny

                                I would think Fairway would get better selections of high-quality meats than Stews, no? I hope so.

                                About produce... I don't know that I find Stews all that expensive, do you? It's not dirt cheap, but I almost always find good deals on fruit and sometimes veggies too.

                                1. re: adamclyde

                                  My impression is that Fairway has a superior meat section, but I confess that I don't typically shop for meats at Stew Leonards. Visiting the meat counter at the Harlem location was eye-opening and has made me eagerly anticipate the opening of the Stamford location. The available selection and the knowledge of the guys working the counter was impressive. Take with a grain of salt (it's the Company website after all), but a link to their approach to their meat counter: http://www.fairwaymarket.com/butcher....

                                  On a recent visit to the Harlem Fairway, I found the produce prices to be in line with Shop Rite (Commerce Park location) for much better looking produce.

                  2. ahh! I have to drive by it everyday on my way to work, I cannot wait!!!!

                    1. So what's the latest word on the opening date for the Stamford Fairway? The latest on Pelham is Spring 2010 so if Stamford is still on track for January (as I saw in a much earlier thread) it could open first.

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                      1. re: MisterBill2

                        Stamford is definitely not opening in January. Drove by today and while the shell of the building is nearly up, there's not much else. No windows, insulation, flooring, etc. Still tons of machine plowing around over there. I took a photo from my bb, see attached. The attached is the view if you are heading north on Canal. Heading south, you just see a concrete wall. Someone had posted a link a while back that we're now looking at another year before the store opens. Hope it's not that long.

                          1. re: gillyweed

                            Any new news. I just heard about this and am thrilled beyond words. Still Sept 2010 - seems so far away. Hoping it is sooner.

                            1. re: CTBOGRAD

                              Price check on comparison to Fresh, Whole Foods, Palmers. Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, Zabar's. What is still so great about Fairway and What departments are they known for? Who gets there food only from the United States where our regulations are stricker then others? I am sure someone knows the stats. I love the farms but by the the tiem you get there you have spent the savings.

                              1. re: CTBOGRAD

                                Very unlikely that it will be sooner. It's already been posted here or in another thread that they wanted to space out their openings and Stamford probably will be ready sooner but will not open.

                                1. re: CTBOGRAD

                                  The location according to their website is a few blocks from work, so I took a stroll to have a look-see. A very large building has indeed been constructed, and there is a sign posted announcing that a liquor license has been applied for by Fairway Stamford LLC.

                                  At this point, it doesn't look like it would take much to get the site physically ready. Perhaps in these times they may be having difficulty getting financing or are just being cautious.

                                  1. re: chipmonger

                                    From their website :

                                    The store will be located in the Harbor Point Development of Stamford, at
                                    the intersection of Market and Canal Street, just a minute from I95. Slated
                                    to open in fall 2010 this will be the biggest and best Fairway to date.

                                    Harbor Point
                                    Harbor Point Rd, Cummaquid, MA 02637

                            2. hi, has anyone heard any news on open date? their website mentions an august 18th job fair- but nothing about the opening. Still sept?

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                              1. re: missmar79

                                I actually heard it was November now... :(
                                Hope that's wrong.

                                1. re: missmar79

                                  For many months, the interiorf has lain fallow, however they've finally started working on it. The exterior and parking lot have been finished since Spring.

                                  No way they are going to be able to finish, stock, and train in a month. I'd hunch late October so they're running smoothly by Thanksgiving.

                                  1. re: louuuuu

                                    From the Fairway guy who handles customer inquires....

                                    No firm date yet. The best that I can offer for Stamford is fall, 2010……..

                                    Joe Lucido
                                    Fairway Market

                                  1. re: jfood

                                    I was just looking forward to a new place to get great food, but didn't stop to realize the economic and community development benefits that should accrue. Will be a good thing when it happens...