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On the heels of opening a store in Westbury, N.Y., in August, Fairway Market will bow a 42,000-square-foot store in Manhattan, on Second Avenue and 30th Street, in November.
Located in the former Office Depot and Crunch Gym, the store is Fairway Market’s first location in midtown and fourth in Manhattan.
Upon entering the store, there will be two glass elevators and two extra-wide escalators that will whisk customers to the lower-level market, featuring 20-foot ceilings and traditional, organic and specialty foodstuffs at great everyday prices.
"Residents of midtown can finally claim a Fairway Market of their own, and we are thrilled to reward their patience with our unparalleled shopping experience," said Charles Santoro, chairman of Fairway Market and co-founder and managing partner of Sterling Investment Partners, a Westport, Conn., middle-market private equity firm that in January 2007 acquired a majority stake in Fairway Market. "We are also very pleased to be creating 400 new jobs in this tough economy."
"People have been asking for years for us to come to midtown so that they too can enjoy just how unique and special we are," said Howie Glickberg, vice chairman of development and grandson of the founder. "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, and we're very pleased to be able to share this passion now with even more New Yorkers."
The Kips Bay store will be the 12th store for the company.