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Fairway Nanuet Mall Rumor

My friend told me she heard that Fairway will be coming to Nanuet, once the new mall goes up. Anyone else here this? Wouldn't that be awesome!?

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  1. I would love if they opened one there or in the Crossroads mall in Mahwah, if it ever gets built.

    Found this from over the summer. Looks like there's definitely a plan to build one in Rockland, just not sure where.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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    1. re: legendarystarbolt

      Almost everything I've read about the coming reboot of the Nanuet Mall includes mention of a large "gourmet" grocery, but no mention of what that might be. There's been speculation/wishful thinking about Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fairway, or some wild card, like maybe the Old World Market or another independent store. But the WSJ article makes Fairway look like the best bet so far.

      1. re: MisterBill2

        Very excited I may go tonight after work.

      2. only problem is with the "new investors" and expansion, fairway ain't what it used to be. still better than most,as far as selection, but no bargains at all and quality of many items has slipped.no longer really a "destination" imho

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        1. re: 51rich

          I was there tonight, and I saw a lot of stuff priced well, in comparison to Shoprite, and Stop & Shop. There is SO much stuff it is overwhelming. This store is HUGE, GIGANTIC. I just need to gather a list together and go back with a plan.

          1. re: 51rich

            Is this a comment on this particular Fairway, or on other stores?

            1. re: Elisa515

              This particular store. The only other Fairway I've been to is on 86th St. in NYC, it was so crowded and cramped, I had to leave after 10 min.

              1. re: michele cindy

                Michele Cindy, my question was directed to 51rich. It was clear that you went to the particular store.

                I'm looking forward to having this store available. I sporadically work right across the street, in the general area, and also in northern NJ. I like shopping in the Stamford and Pelham stores but they're usually out of my way.

                1. re: Elisa515

                  If you're in northern NJ occassionally, then it's not like the Paramus store was that far away.

                  As for 51rich's comment, I am sure it applies to the whole chain. They ARE much more expensive than they used to be. The quality still seems OK to me, but I buy limited stuff there. That said, as a Westchester resident who shopped at the Paramus store as often as the one in Pelham (since they were both the same distance from me), the new Nanuet store is now the closest Fairway to me (and much closer for many Westchester residents than the one in Pelham). I was hoping they'd realize their mistake and open another one further north, but it seems that they're doing Suffolk County next (there's a thread here about Lake Grove). Oh well, maybe in 2015.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    The Paramus store is less convenient for me (even when I'm in northern NJ, because of traffic and day of the week)--which is, of course, only my concern and not anyone else's. The fact that the Apple Store has moved from the Palisades Mall is another plus. :)

                    You know we aren't ever going to get one of those stores in northwestern Westchester. For some reason, none of the chains (Fairway, Whole Foods, TJ's) think there's enough business in a spot that's convenient to major highways. Doesn't mean we should give up asking them, but I'm not hopeful.

                    BTW, across the street from the new Nanuet store/mall is a strip shopping center with a terrific health food store, "A Matter of Health". Prices and selections are quite good, and the prepared food is particularly geared to vegetarian/vegan/kosher. The place also has seating upstairs and free Wifi.

                2. re: michele cindy

                  Ha ha-- the last time I was in a Fairway market must have been 25 years ago, visiting a friend going to Cornell Med. That's the one I must have gone to with her. The aisles were too narrow for two carts to pass. After 5 minutes I think I was hyperventilating and had to wait outside for my friend to finish shopping! Too much of a suburban girl am I.

                  1. re: DGresh

                    The recent crop of Fairways are much different than what you shopped in 25 years ago! I can't believe you haven't been to the Pelham or Paramus stores yet!

                    1. re: MisterBill2

                      Pelham is NYC as far as I'm concerned :) And I just never travel as far as Jersey. I'd rather head north up to Adams Fairacre. But Nanuet is about the same distance as Adams, and I have to say, Fairway beats Adams in most every category.

                      1. re: DGresh

                        It's not just close enough to the city, it is the city. The Pelham store in the Bronx (Pelham Manor) not Pelham township. I think they imply it is Pelham so as not to scare away the suburbanites. However, it doesn't bother me since I live in Mount Vernon and I can easily take the back roads rather than getting stuck on the Hutchinson River Parkway. The aisles are super wide unlike the original locations in Manhattan.

                        1. re: jcmods

                          Pelham Manor is Westchester, not Bronx. Pelham Manor may border the Bronx, but it isn't the Bronx. Pelham Manor is a village, as is the village of Pelham, and both are part of the town of Pelham. Saying Pelham Manor is the Bronx is equivalent to saying Mt. Vernon or Yonkers are the Bronx.
                          Map:
                          http://www.zipmap.net/New_York/Bronx_...

                          1. re: jcmods

                            All of the newer stores have wide aisles and mainly similar layouts. We were in the Nanuet store again today a little after 4pm. The store was emptier than last week. They still have cashiers at all of the registers so there was no wait. I'm sure that will change eventually, along with sale prices that match the rest of the chain.

                            BTW there is a $5 off $30 Fairway coupon available on Google Offers. It didn't list the Nanuet store but it worked fine for me today. And JMF is correct, the Pelham store is in Westchester, although for those of us in the northern part of the county, it might as well be in The Bronx, since it's walking distance.

                  2. re: Elisa515

                    We've split a conversation about the Fairway chain generally to our Chains board. You'll find it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920204 . Please continue to discuss the Nanuet Fairway here, the chain generally there.

                3. Anyone been to the new Fairway/Nanuet? How are they handling the crowds?

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                  1. re: lemarais

                    Me - was on opening day/night. Very crowded, but the lines looked like they were moving. Some isles packed some sparse.

                  2. I'm the op of this thread. My comments are all about the Nanuet store. Someone might want to start a discussion on the Chains CH board to discuss Fairway in general. Getting back to Nanuet, has anyone else checked it out yet? I just can't see doing my weekly shop there like I would go to Shoprite for, it's just so overwhelmingly big and there is just so much to choose from. All of this is a good thing, but it would take me hours to get through the store, and I know I'd be spending way too much. If you have any ideas on how to tackle a weekly shop at the Fairway in Nanuet pass them on!

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                    1. re: michele cindy

                      I'm hoping to go on Wednesday mid-afternoon--will report back.

                      If you're free then, let me know and maybe we can meet up!

                      1. re: Elisa515

                        Thanks Elisa515. When I go back it will probably be when they open on a Sunday morning. During the week would be too hard for me to get there.

                        1. re: michele cindy

                          I can't take the weekend crowds--plus I'm usually working weekends anyway.

                          There are some advantages (like shopping when things are less crowded) to working when other people are off work.

                          Between the two of us, we'll be able to report on weekend and weekday experiences.

                          1. re: michele cindy

                            I went to the Nanuet store at about 4:30 this afternoon. I was a little worried about where I'd park at a new mall, so I was glad to see that Fairway is right at the front with its own very convenient parking lot. I parked right near the exit.

                            The produce at the front was copious, well priced and beautifully displayed. The organic produce was especially convenient, immediately on the left.

                            In terms of managing the store, the general "trick" is to go around the perimeter, clockwise after going through the produce. You can pretty easily look at the signs for the aisles to figure out whether you want to go into any of them in particular. Going through the middle section (parallel to the produce/deli/fish) so the split aisles are on your left and right is the best way to view the aisles and helps deal with overwhelm.

                            I was surprised that the bulk food is entirely self-serve, without any ability to label what is being purchased. This is in contrast to the Pelham and Stamford stores, where there is an attendant dispensing the bulk items. Not a big problem, of course, just a difference.

                            No tastings of different olive oils and vinegars, either, unless I missed that section. The dining area is a bit on the small side, comparatively.

                            The ladies' restroom was nice and clean.

                            The staff is still a bit inexperienced--but also friendly and upbeat.

                            I was really pleased that, at close to 5 p.m., there were still quite a few almond croissants (since at 12:30 p.m. on a recent weekday, there were none left at the Pelham store).

                            Can't tell you about deli, fish or meat since I wasn't buying any of that today. The woman behind me at the checkout had a beautiful looking filet of beef among her purchases.

                            This is definitely a store where I'll stop whenever I'm in the area. I also suspect I'll choose to make appointments at the nearby Apple Store rather than White Plains, for the food shopping and lack of having to pay for parking (let alone the logistics of dealing with a parking garage).

                            Considering the store is right across a side street from Stop and Shop, I wonder what effect Fairway will have on business there.

                            1. re: Elisa515

                              So is it worth the Tappen Zee toll? That's the main thing that hinders me from shopping over there!

                              1. re: DGresh

                                It's worth the Bear Mountain Bridge toll. Location is very convenient to Palisades Parkway.

                                Much pleasanter drive and less likely to have traffic issues (also as compared to going to Pelham).

                                  1. re: Elisa515

                                    Closer than Pelham for those of us up north. Paramus was about the same distance for me (with the added benefit of being able to pick up cheap gas).

                                    Unless there is likely to be traffic on the Tappan Zee (mostly rush hour), I generally go over on the TZB, and back on the Bear Mountain.

                                    1. re: MisterBill2

                                      Yup, me too re the bridges. Although these days there are more delays at odd times on the TZB because of the construction.

                                      People who don't live in our area must think we're insane. :)

                                1. re: Elisa515

                                  Good report! They had the olive oil and vinegar station in an aisle that had the olive oils and vinegars on display that reminded me of bookshelves. Haven't been back yet, will go soon.

                                  1. re: michele cindy

                                    I grabbed a bottle of the Fairway unfiltered EVOO, since it was on special for $5.99. Will go back and get more if I like it.

                                    Was there a tasting station with the library-ish display? I could have missed it.

                                    1. re: Elisa515

                                      Yes. They had small baguette slices for dipping.

                                      1. re: michele cindy

                                        Yes I found those today, but I did not see any tastings of bruschetta/salsa as I've seen at other Fairways.

                            2. re: michele cindy

                              According to the website, the Nanuet store is 65,000 square feet whereas the Pelham Store is 75,000 square feet. I have no problem whatsoever getting through the store quickly and I am now addicted and go there every week. Since Nanuet is new, it will probably be a madhouse for a little while (I know Pelham was crazy the opening weekend). But that quickly calmed down. I usually go Sunday Mornings and it is fine. They definitely have the best cheese, olives, seafood, heritage beans and pickles of any place around me. So if you are not into that type of stuff it may not make sense to go there. But if you are, then there is nothing even remotely close (and I still do shop for some stuff at my local Super Stop N Shop).

                              1. re: jcmods

                                Everyone always seems to say "oh, it's going to be so crowded, I'm going to have to go at some odd time" when a new Fairway opens, and it really doesn't ever seem to be that bad. Yeah, maybe you'll wait a while at the deli, but they always seem to have plenty of registers open and it's no worse than a normal supermarket.

                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                  When I went the checkout was empty, but the store was packed. That was opening day. Looking forward to my next visit (at an odd hour:))

                                  1. re: michele cindy

                                    I went on Tuesday and it was packed in the usual areas (fish, deli, butcher), but the check out lanes were deserted. I heard a lot of, "this is cheaper in shop rite, etc." from quite a few people while I walked around, though.

                                    1. re: legendarystarbolt

                                      I went today (Saturday) at 4pm. There were spots in the parking lot (not a lot, but relatively easy to find), short lines at deli, no lines at smoked fish, and very short to no lines at the registers. If you're going to the "mall", you're much better off parking at Fairway and then walking over. Also, entering from the side road (Middletown Road) has to be better than coming in from Route 59. Simon did a really nice job on the place. Kind of like Ridge Hill, but nicer, with better stores, and free parking.

                                      The worst part of the store for me was the fresh fish carts they had sitting in the middle of the back aisle (if front of the normal fish counter). It blocked much of the aisle, and with people walking in both directions in that back aisle (since they did not know where they were going) it was a disaster. Also some idiot parked their cart right up against the bagel case (with her standing there talking) and then got upset with me when I pushed it out of the way.

                                      There were good sale prices for the grand opening. Once that ends, their sale prices will go up as they have at all of the other stores. I wonder if their normal prices are also lower temporarily to get people suckered in.

                                      1. re: MisterBill2

                                        That reminded me, the night I was there there were kids and some adults playing with the fish. Not a good spot.

                                        1. re: michele cindy

                                          They had employees in front of the fish carts, so presumably people should not be touching the product. And it make the fish look great. But it's just a terrible thing to do in terms of traffic flow.

                                          1. re: MisterBill2

                                            There was even one guy that was moving the jaw of the fish to make it look like it was talking to his kids.

                                            1. re: michele cindy

                                              There were people in the store on Saturday (like the idiot with the cart in front of the bagels and someone else who was with her who also blocked me later when she was standing around and walking in the wrong direction) who had clearly never been to Fairway and never should return for the sake of those who enjoy shopping there!

                                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                                So there's a wrong direction? I probably committed that error, as I missed the bakery the first time through and had to double back around. I turned right out of the produce for what it's worth.

                                                1. re: DGresh

                                                  Thought I answered this a few hours ago, but maybe there was a problem with my connection.

                                                  IMO, best way to get through the whole store is to think of the entrance/produce as 6 o'clock. Once you cover that whole area, head towards 7 o'clock, and go around the store perimeter clockwise until about 3 o'clock, which is the middle of the dairy section.

                                                  Your tour will take you through the bakery, deli, pickles, oils/vinegars, fish, meat, coffee, bulk, dairy. Essentially, everything perishable that isn't frozen.

                                                  Then, go through the midsection, parallel to the meat/fish, between the two sets of aisles. Leave your cart in that middle area as you go through any aisles that interest you. Unless you're getting a lot of heavy or bulky stuff, this minimizes the chances of getting lost while also seeing the whole store.

                                                2. re: MisterBill2

                                                  Get used to it. That's how it is all the time at all the Fairways I've shopped at. They aren't really designed well in a streamlined traffic sense.

                                                  1. re: JMF

                                                    Sure they are. It's a modified "Stew Leonard" concept.

                                                    1. re: lemarais

                                                      I dunno, I visited Stew's exactly once. My mistake. Thanksgiving day on the way to the inlaws, and I forgot the cranberry sauce in my fridge. Thought, how long can it take to pick up a single bag of cranberries? OMG I felt like I was in a hall of mirrors with no way out.

                                                      1. re: lemarais

                                                        Stew's used to force you to work your way through the whole store, it was one long winding aisle.

                                                        Most Fairway's are just poorly organized.

                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                          It kind of reminds me of the paths cows take to the slaughterhouse. The cow motif doesn't hurt.

                                                          1. re: JMF

                                                            That's the Stew's was when I went. It was probably about 10 years ago.

                                                            But now that I think of it, at Fairway it seems I saw Maple Syrup in at least 3 places, and something else too I think.

                                                            1. re: DGresh

                                                              Well, remember that organic and conventional items are in different sections (typically the front part of the aisle and the back), so that would explain two locations. Not sure about the 3rd.

                                                            2. re: JMF

                                                              Stews still does that (one long aisle), although there are a few shortcuts that you can take to skip sections. Fairway is laid out to have you hit produce, bakery, deli cheese, fish and meat (in Stamford they screwed up and put bakery at the end, in the corner and it never seems as busy as the bakery in other stores). We then typically just pick one aisle to walk down to get to the front (usually dairy). I wonder how many people shop it like they would a normal supermarket, going down each of the aisles?

                                                          2. re: JMF

                                                            I haven't seen it as bad as I did in Nanuet. It might be because of the poorly placed fish carts that impeded movement in the back aisle.