Fairway Market (www.fairwaymarket.com), the legendary specialty food market, opened Nov. 16 in Douglaston, Queens with an unparalleled combination of specialty, organic and traditional foodstuffs at great every day value. The store, which is the ninth for the iconic company and the first in the city's largest borough, is located at 242-02 61st Avenue in the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center on the Lower Level (just off the Long Island Expressway at Douglaston Parkway). The 56,000 square foot store brings over 400 new jobs to Queens County.
Upon entering the Douglaston Fairway you will see floor to ceiling displays of fruits and vegetables, which include a wide array of organic produce, as well as fresh produce from across the U.S. (many of which are locally sourced) and exotic items. The store will have a full bakery, which is also kosher, and will tempt all with its artisanal breads and NYC-style bagels that are made daily on premises.
"The opening of this store brings the finest selection of foods for every appetite and budget," said Charles Santoro, Chairman of Fairway and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sterling Investment Partners which has a controlling interest in Fairway. "We are also very pleased to have created more than 400 new jobs in a difficult economy. With the opening of our ninth store and over the past three years we have added more than 2,500 new jobs in the tri-state region."
In January 2007, Sterling Investment Partners, a Westport, CT middle market private equity firm, acquired a majority stake in Fairway Market and committed to substantially expanding the company. Since that time, Fairway has grown rapidly, opening six more Fairway locations and two Wine & Spirits stores. Fairway expects to continue to open several stores per year for the foreseeable future.
Fairway was founded nearly 80 years ago by Nathan Glickberg, who opened a fruit and vegetable stand where the flagship Broadway store in Manhattan is still located. Howie Glickberg, Chief Executive Officer of Fairway and grandson of the founder, remains an active leader in Fairway.
"We're excited to add a whole new food dimension to Douglaston and we're confident shoppers will be impressed by what we have to offer, from the large array of food and groceries to the expertise we bring to all areas of the fresh product," said Howie Glickberg. "Our people are the best; from our butchers and bakers to our cheesemongers, produce and seafood experts, they all share a passion for what they do."