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Fairway vying for space on East 86th Street...let's hope they win!


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    1. re: pbjluver

      I sure hope they get the spot, it would be a guaranteed home run for them in a desert of food choices for UES'ers!

    2. I live down the block and have been saying that I'd love a Trader Joe's in that spot ever since B&N closed that location, but having a Fairway right there would be pretty great too.

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      1. re: whitneybee

        Either one would be fine with me and save me from making grocery shopping an expedition! Fairway has a bit of an edge with me because of the great produce.

      2. I'd love Fariway to move into the neighborhood. (Of course I'd also love Whole Foods too). That area on 86th St. has been so desolate since Barnes & Noble moved out and Circuit City closed. (BTW, does anyone know what's being developed on the corner of 86th and Second Ave.?)

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        1. re: ellenost

          I saw signs today for a Chase...moving from the north side of the street to the south side :(

          1. re: City Kid

            Thanks for the info. I was hoping it might have been for something good.

            1. re: City Kid

              Why do stores keep moving from one corner to another up here? In the last few years, Gristedes, Piazza, B&N (twice), Petland, and Chase have done this. Not to mention the CVS that gobbled up an adjacent bakery, which provided a marginal benefit to me of exactly 0. It's like a big stupid chain-store game of musical chairs.

              Every time a space opens up, it's a big tease.

          2. I'm wondering if writing letters to the landlord in support of Fairway might help...

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            1. re: gutsofsteel

              Hope this happens It's virtually beneath my window!


            2. Wow, I can't believe I just heard of this now. I'd love a Trader Joe's, but I'll take a Fairway over Whole Foods! :) I really hope they get the space and are open soon. Certainly beats going to Gristedes/Food Emporium.

              1. I suggested this move sometime ago - however I think market opportunities have more power than me, but for me it would be a life changer. I have lived on the UES since 1976 but spend very few of my food dollars locally.
                I used to bike over to the original Fairway and wobble back with full delivery basket. One advantage of old age is that I now have a car and can shop the Harlem store ( although truth be told the Paramus store is bigger and cheaper), However I think most of the locals would prefer Whole Foods, all those organic foods to feed to their precious kids, and is probably considered somewhat classier than Fairway, Classier ? more expensive for sure but I have yet to be won over. Give me the honesty of Fairway anyday and to be able to walk there would up my green credentials!
                I do shop the new Costco too. the parking charge is annoying and they should find a way to rebate for purchases over a certain level ( Especially as I go there to save money but never fail to spend less than $150). But worth it to avoid hacking over to LIC and back and in the week it is blissfully empty and no waiting at checkouts.
                But good to see green shots of foodie bliss around 86th, it has been a long time coming, now we need some good restaurants too. I am sure the neighbourhood can support them, I have never understood why it is such a culinary desert, there is plenty of money.

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                1. Fairway move to 86th St. may be nixed by 2nd Ave. subway:

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                  1. re: City Kid

                    That's too bad. It would have been great to have had Fairway on the UES.

                    1. re: ellenost

                      the Second Ave. subway is making life on the UES miserable and to think that most of us will never see the finished line...taking way too long.

                      Hey Mayor Bloomberg...STOP creating new projects — like the new midtown 34th St.
                      Complete one project at a time...COMMON SENSE, eh?

                      1. re: pbjluver

                        The 2nd Ave subway is not a new project. I mean really really not new. I am so glad it is finally happening.

                    1. I spoke to a worker who said it would open end of June 2011.

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                        1. re: mrken

                          whenever I ask the bosses the answer is always 'Next Month". so I will believe it when I see it.
                          I walked past last week and it looked a long way from opening.

                          so until 'whenever' I continue to schlep up to Harlem... maybe all us UES Fairway lovers should protest the delays and the fostering of false hopes with a demonstration of our frustrated loyalty.

                          Meanwhile Costco is cheaper...and while they don't have everything they seem to be making a good effort to go upmarket

                        2. Is there any news on the opening date?

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                          1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                            I read July 20th, somewhere on the internet recently. Can't recall where.


                            1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                              Thank you. I searched but couldn't find any recent info, so I appreciate the reply.

                            2. re: hungryinmanhattan

                              I happenned to walk past yesterday. The interior is a long way from being finished although there are a few tiles on the walls. Website says 'summer 2011' which is very vague.

                              ( There is nobody more interested than me in seeing this finally opened, 35 years of travel to buy decent ingredients is far too long!)

                              1. re: judithuk

                                Thanks again. I appreciate the updates.

                            3. Racked has an article listing the opening date to be July 20 (2 weeks away). Those construction workers must work very fast. Looking forward to it!

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                              1. re: ellenost

                                They have some ads on telephone booths that say Late July 2011.

                                1. re: MVNYC

                                  I guess Late July 2011 may be translating to July 20. Hope so anyway!

                                  1. re: ellenost

                                    walked by the store this past Sunday...a loooooong way from completion...
                                    still doing construction, some of the ceiling lights are in place...that is it.
                                    Still basically a raw space.
                                    No way they will be complete in 2 weeks.

                                    Will take a while for the NYC inspectors + Board of Health to come in and check out everything.

                                    1. re: pbjluver

                                      That's what I thought too until I read the post today on Racked.

                                      1. re: ellenost

                                        Passed by the new Fairway site this morning. Big signs "Opening July 20-we hope, we hope". Construction seems to be making progress inside. Maybe won't be done by the 20th, but probably by month end. Looking forward to it!