Fairway Market, the grocery store known for cultivating knowledgeable food experts it dubs “rockstars,” and bringing organic, specialty and regular products all together under one roof, will be opening in Nanuet in fall 2013.
The shop is a boon for food-loving Rocklanders, who now travel to shop at the Fairways in Manhattan and Paramus, N.J. The store will be a free-standing building near what is now the Route 59 entrance to the Nanuet Mall.
The new Fairway in Nanuet will be 66,000 square feet, and very similar to the store in Pelham Manor, below.
You’ll walk in and see the produce first — a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including organic. There will be a bakery, deli, prepared foods area, cheese department, olive bar and rotisserie chickens. The main aisle will have meat, fish and dairy.
The center of the store will carry dry goods: specialty, organic and regular items, all grouped together by type of product.
“That’s really what we bring to the table,” says Aaron Fleishaker, senior vice president of real estate and construction for Fairway. “You don’t have to go to one place for organic, one place for tradition — it’s one-stop shopping.”
If the Nanuet store stocks the same sort of items as Pelham, as Fleishaker expects, we will see 70 varieties of olives, 100 varieties of olive oil, more than 600 varieties of cheese, and such specialty items as serrano ham, kobe beef and artisanal creme fraiche. There will also be an extensive selection of beer and coffee, a large variety of gluten-free items, along with paper goods, health and beauty products and cleaning supplies. The Rockland location, as with Pelham, will also stock Kosher items.
The stores are known for their “rockstars,” such as Steven Jenkins, one of the foremost experts in cheese and the author of “Steve Jenkins Cheese Primer,” (Workman Publishing Company) and Ray Venezia, a third-generation butcher who selects the store’s dry-aged cuts of beef himself.
Fairway, run by the Glickberg family of Irvington, opened its first store in the mid-1930s as a fruit and vegetable stand on Broadway and 74th Street in Manhattan. The company has since expanded and there are currently nine Fairway Markets, including ones in Paramus, N.J., Manhattan and Stamford, Conn. Fleishaker expects that by the end of the year there will be 12 locations, and that when Nanuet opens in fall, 2013 it will be the 14th or 15th store. He says the company is also looking at another yet undisclosed location in Westchester.
When the Pelham store opened in 2010, Dan Glickberg, a 2001 graduate of Irvington High School who majored in English at Trinity College before deciding to join the family business, explained the breadth of products available. He said at the time: “We like to say we have everything from caviar to pig’s feet.”
Linda Lombroso contributed.
Here’s a look at the opening of Fairway in Paramus: First Look: Fairway in Paramus.
And here’s a video we did with butcher Ray Venezia, one of Fairway’s Rockstars!