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Opening Dec. 21 in midtown Manhattan’s Kips Bay Shopping Center, Fairway Market’s newest store will be staffed by many of the employees from the New York metro-area grocery chain’s location in the Brooklyn community of Red Hook, which incurred heavy damage from Superstorm Sandy.
Following the storm, which led to the temporary closing of the Red Hook store, Fairway offered temporary placement at its other locations and provided ongoing free shuttle service so that affected associates could commute to their new workplaces.
The 40,119-square-foot Kips Bay store is the fourth Fairway Market in Manhattan and the company’s 12th location. Over the past six years, Fairway has opened nine new grocery stores and three wines and spirits locations, creating more than 3,500 new jobs.
“The holidays are all about giving, and in this regard we're proud on two fronts,” said Charles Santoro, chairman of Fairway Market and co-founder and managing director of Sterling Investment Partners, a Westport, Conn.-based middle market private equity firm that owns a majority stake in the grocery chain. “We’re giving residents of midtown and downtown the unparalleled shopping experience that is the hallmark of Fairway Market. And we’re giving our Red Hook store employees and their families some cheer amid the chaos that has defined their lives over the past two months.”
“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,” noted Howie Glickberg, vice chairman of development and grandson of Fairway’s 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.”
Design features of the Kips Bay store include two glass-enclosed elevators and two extra-wide escalators to take shoppers to the lower level with its 16- to 20-foot-high ceilings.
The location will offer traditional, organic and specialty foodstuffs, among them produce, a scratch bakery, gluten-free products, seafood, a full butcher shop, a deli and appetizer section, roast coffee beans from around the world, artisanal cheese, and one of the chain’s famous hot bars, with food made by company chefs from the same high-quality fresh ingredients found on the store shelves.
The Fairway Market Kips Bay will be open from 8a.m. to 11p.m., seven days a week.