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Fairway opening in Douglaston

lenorel57 Nov 1, 2011 12:08 PM

I was at Fairway in Plainview yesterday and the checkout person said they were opening on Nov. 16 in Douglaston. Yay!!!!

Fairway Market
242-02 61st Ave, Queens, NY 11362

  1. EM23 Nov 1, 2011 06:42 PM

    Follow the countdown clock here http://www.fairwaymarket.com/pages.ph...

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    1. re: EM23
      lenorel57 Nov 2, 2011 01:53 PM

      I reserved my parking spot.

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      carfreeinla Nov 3, 2011 03:31 PM

      They will have a number of new departments. They catered an event that I did yesterday from the Red Hook store- couldn't have been fresher, better, more user friendly. Really looking forward to this new store...

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        FAL Nov 5, 2011 03:35 AM

        11 days

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          susangraz Nov 7, 2011 10:31 AM

          Yes - Fairway Market is opening on WEds. Nov 16th - our opening ceremony starts at 10 am - the store will be beautiful - 56,000 sqyare feet-all the great Fairway departments - plus a 60 seat cafe - space for 400 plus cars including a parking lot on the roof and a new elevator to take people and their carts from the lot to the store - susangraz

          Fairway Market
          242-02 61st Ave, Queens, NY 11362

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          1. re: susangraz
            janie Nov 10, 2011 05:11 PM

            So excited! No more Natural in Forest Hills, finally liberation!

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            tkln Nov 7, 2011 11:57 AM

            I still cannot for the life of me wrap my head around the idea that this is going to be the biggest Fairway in NYC. The Waldbaums that was there was so small, my mom loved going there but the second I got my driver's license I gave them up for greener pastures lol. Can't wait to see the new store!!

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            1. re: tkln
              susangraz Nov 7, 2011 12:07 PM

              there was at least 1,500 square feet added to the store!

              1. re: susangraz
                lenorel57 Nov 9, 2011 06:46 AM

                My shopping list is ready. Maybe I'll wait a day or two. I can't imagine how crowded it will be.It's good-by to Waldbaum's 10 minutes away and hello to Fairway 12 minutes away...I hope.

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              Shayna Madel Nov 16, 2011 09:07 AM

              My sister lives right near there and said that the traffic was so bad this morning that the road was closed and police were directing traffic. I hope it's better by this evening,,,

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              1. re: Shayna Madel
                tkln Nov 16, 2011 11:59 AM

                I'm less than a mile away; I haven't driven past it, nor do I plan to, for at least a couple of weeks! I think it's going to be a traffic nightmare for a long time...especially with the holidays coming!

                1. re: Shayna Madel
                  lenorel57 Nov 17, 2011 06:53 AM

                  I come from Great Neck so I go in on the upper level which maybe has more parking. Of course there's Macys, Toys 'R us and Burger King competing for spots.

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                  FAL Nov 19, 2011 02:05 PM

                  I will keep going to Red hook. Until all the hype is done.

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                    lenorel57 Nov 20, 2011 07:52 AM

                    I totally agree with you. I've never been to the Red Hook store . Plainview was my store until 11/16. Now it will take me only 10 minutes to get there instead of25 or so.

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                    1. re: lenorel57
                      janie May 28, 2012 08:20 PM

                      $20 a lb for shrimp from "india previously frozen" is a joke. Their seafood is from 2nd rate sources , prices are insanely high--where is the bargain exactly??? Have not figured it out yet--I like the chip specials, but other things are very high--produce is high, and quality and turnover not so great. Mushrooms look old. Not crazy about Murray's chicken. Prepared food bar is so unappetizing, as are the prepared food on other side of store. Aisles are a nightmare to navigate--bakery is lousy--olive section is ok, but much prefer the olives at Iavorone--and their oil cured olives are just awful. Their calamata ok--and few others ok..but much better quality at Iavorone in New Hyde Park. Gluten free selection is excellent--rice selection very good too. Honey selection very good. Spice selection good. Dr. Prager frozen line all there, very hard to find it all in one place..i buy lots there for my kid--nuts priced very high--better at Trader Joe's. Cheeses hit or miss--and for certain cheeses like specific cheddars, costco's price can't be beat. And there's other things I'm not allowed to say :)...but the thing is I go there infrequently to stock up on the things that are hard to find elsewhere, but it's not some oasis, to me.

                      1. re: janie
                        erica May 29, 2012 12:54 PM

                        If my experiences at 86th Street and Plainview are any indication, bargains are few and far between at Fairway these days. The fruits and vegetables are wildly overpriced and all too often are not in prime condition; I get better 'bargains" at Eataly!

                        1. re: janie
                          IWantFood May 29, 2012 05:53 PM

                          I find Fairway in Douglaston to be uneven. Certain prices are not out of line; others are very high. They have some good chip prices. Fresh fish is hit-or-miss. It either looks great or like it should be thrown away. I've bought fresh ricotta cheese there that spoiled in two days, which was more than a week before the expiration date. The quality of produce leaves a great deal to be desired. The bakery and prepared foods are nothing special. The fresh-baked baguette was gummy. Aisles are poorly organized and make for a stressful shopping experience. There is also limited shelf room, so they carry fewer choices in many cases than a more traditional market. I will say that I have always found them to have stock of dairy products, such as yogurt, even when they are on sale, which is more than I can say for Stop & Shop, and the employees are very nice and helpful.

                          1. re: janie
                            Mike R. May 29, 2012 08:51 PM

                            Couldn't agree more on the "previously frozen" seafood...this past weekend it was the "wild Alaskan King salmon" which was shock-piced @ $9.99/lb. and flat-flavored. An inside source at the fish counter has been known to confirm that the so-called "salmon" isn't.

                            That said, when in doubt go with the cod.

                            My own experience with the olive bar boils down to careful selection and tasting from the barrels. My personal favorites are the smoked and mixed Cerignolas. I wonder why the Alphonsos have disappeared. The Kalamatas have been mushy, way past their prime.

                            Fairway's dairy section, especially yogurt brands, is second-to-none.

                            1. re: Mike R.
                              janie May 30, 2012 05:32 AM

                              the problem with certain things, is if you put too much of it out and it doesn't sell, they don't throw it away, they just keep it there and mix it in with the other newer stuff...trying to pull out a head of lettuce or kale from the organic section is a nightmare..they stack everything in so tight, that you can't possibly look at anything--and the produce can't breathe, thus, it's soggy, torn, and past its prime. The way they have the loose lettuce is totally unsanitary--and their fruit is not good quality. There must be some mentality operating there that if you create big stacks of things it must be good. Not so. Georgia blueberries? No thanks. Strawberries, priced $5 for a small container..i can get 3x the size at costtco for better same quality ones.--I knew things were off from my first visit when frisee was $9 a lb!!!

                              1. re: janie
                                erica May 30, 2012 07:36 AM

                                Could not agree more. Just bought a container of their blueberries and had to throw out half of them as they were leaking and oozing. Staff seems to spend lots of time trimming the rotted and browning leaves from the older greens, fennel, lettuces, etc, to make them look like they are fresh. You can always see the telltale marks of this at the base of the stalks/leaves. I know that many markets do this but Fairway takes the prize.

                                I eat papaya daily. I can buy a whole large papaya for $3.49 at WholeFoods; Fairway charges $1.99 a pound,so the same size fruit often weighs out around $7. I used to take two buses from my apartment to shop at the original West Side Fairway. Those days are long gone! The only things I like there are their olive oils, their coffee, dried fruits (WF has better prices on nuts--365 brand) and some of their jarred, imported items.

                                Call me fussy but I would NEVER buy fish or seafood from them. Far too much farmed Asian stuff...even down to the squid, which is cheap and plentiful right in our own waters.

                            2. re: janie
                              tkln May 30, 2012 01:28 PM

                              I live about 1/2 mile away and still make the trek to Whole Foods most of the time. I refuse to buy the meat or seafood, and the produce is so inconsistent in quality it makes me laugh every time I see their ads.

                              The dairy section is good, as are some of the grocery selections, but for the most part, it is a huge disappointment.

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