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Fairway Market will open a 62,000-square-foot supermarket in Woodland Park on June 6, its second location in New Jersey.
The supermarket will offer traditional, organic and specialty foodstuffs at great every day prices. It also includes the third Fairway Wine & Spirits store, which will feature more than 600 wines and hundreds of spirits, sourced mostly from small estates and artisanal producers.
"We are dedicated to excellence and proud to offer a shopping experience that is unparalleled. And we are also very pleased to have created more than 375 new jobs in a difficult economy," 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. Since Sterling’s investment, Fairway Market has opened six locations and three Wine & Spirits stores. With the opening of the Woodland Park store, the tenth Fairway Market, more than 2,100 new jobs have been added to the tri-state region.
"We're confident shoppers will be impressed by what we have to offer, an incredible selection of foods for every appetite and budget," said Howie Glickberg, vice chairman of development and grandson of the founder. "We have raised the bar for food retailers in New Jersey, and with every store we open we never lose sight of the things that make Fairway Market unique and special to millions of people each year."
Upon entering the Woodland Park Fairway Market, there are fresh flowers, followed by the produce department's mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables, including locally sourced, organic and exotic items. The bakery offers artisanal, made-from-scratch breads, pies and New York City-style bagels, all KOF-K certified kosher, as are thousands of products in the store.
The seafood department, which is modeled after an old style fishmonger, offers the freshest varieties packed in ice and on display. The meat department — a full butcher shop —features a large selection of pre-cut, kosher-certified red meat, as well as fresh kosher poultry. Fairway Market also offers its own 21-day, dry-aged prime steaks.
The deli provides a selection of pickled and cured foods, including more than 70 kinds of olives, as well as a number of smoked salmon options including Fairway Market's house-smoked salmon. Shoppers will also find a full-line and ever expanding number of gluten-free products, more than 100 varieties of olive oils, and an assortment of organic and natural health and beauty aids.
Fairway Market has more than 600 specialty cheeses. Hand-selected wines, to accompany specific cheeses, will also be on display here and in other key areas of the store.
As for specialty foods, there are nuts, dried fruits, honey, candies, sardines, pastas and imports from every part of the world, many of which are exclusive to Fairway Market.
In the middle of the store is a 60-seat, full-service cafe offering more than 50 hot and cold dishes, and stations for chopped salads, coffee, paninis, sandwiches and sushi. The cafe will also be home to food tastings, demonstrations, book signings and other informative and fun events. Customers can also participate in wine tastings and bottle signings in the Wine & Spirits store.