Fairway Market

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Fairway Market
Founded1933; 88 years ago (1933) in New York City, New York, United States
FounderNathan Glickberg
Headquarters5000 Riverside Drive, ,
Number of locations
5 (2020)
Area served
New York metropolitan area
Key people
Abel Porter (CEO)
Revenue$810 million
ParentWakefern Food Corporation
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Fairway Market is an American grocery chain. Founded in 1933 by Nathan Glickberg,[1] it is currently one of the store banners owned by the Wakefern Food Corporation, a company famous for its flagship supermarket cooperative network, ShopRite.

The flagship store, which stands at Broadway and West 74th Street, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is one of five surviving stores, as of 2020,[2] that are currently operated by Wakefern cooperative member, Village Super Markets, which took over those locations in March 2020.[3]

Sale to private equity and bankruptcy[edit]

Sterling Investment Partners, a private equity firm in Westport, Connecticut, bought a controlling stake in Fairway Market in January 2007 and committed to substantially expanding the chain in the Greater New York area. Sterling made a $150 million capital investment in Fairway and enabled the enterprise to grow rapidly.[4]

In 2011, the chain had revenues of $550 million.[4] It was spun off in an IPO on April 17, 2013, trading under its parent, Fairway Group Holdings Corp., on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "FWM".[5]

On May 2, 2016, Fairway Markets filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after having lost money every quarter since it went public[6] [7] and unsuccessfully marketing itself to 60 potential buyers. It emerged from bankruptcy in July 2016 with new owners after exchanging half of its debt for ownership by a consortium of its lenders.[8]

On January 23, 2020, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy again. In its filing, it stated Village Super Market, a Wakefern cooperative which operates 30 stores under the ShopRite banner, offered $70 million to purchase five of its New York City stores;[9] the cooperative would eventually win those locations at bankruptcy auction on March 25, 2020.[3]


The grand opening of the Paramus Fairway store at Fashion Center in Paramus, New Jersey, 2009
The Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn

The original Fairway Market, at West 74th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side, was a modest produce shop. By 1997, it had expanded with a café that served sandwiches, burgers, and breakfast, and became a steakhouse by night.

In 2011, Fairway opened two more locations: one on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which opened on July 20, and the other in the Douglaston neighborhood of Queens, which opened on November 16. In 2012, Fairway Market opened three more locations: in Woodland Park, New Jersey, on June 6; Westbury, New York, on August 22; and Kips Bay in Manhattan in late December. In 2013, Fairway Market opened a location in Chelsea, Manhattan, and another at The Shops at Nanuet shopping mall in Nanuet, New York.

As of 2020, all but 5 of these Fairway stores have either closed or sold to other retailers, including Amazon.[3] The sequence of all stores is as follows:

  1. The flagship store, founded in the 1930s, still occupies the original Broadway location in the Upper West Side.
  2. In 1995, Fairway's Harlem store opened in a significantly larger space. This store had a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) enclosed space, known as the "Cold Room," which contained the store's meats, seafood, dairy products, and beer. Silver coats hung nearby for customers who wished to keep warm while browsing the freezer. Without a bidder after the company's second bankruptcy, the store closed in July 2020.[10]
  3. In 2001, the company opened its first store outside the city in the Long Island community of Plainview.
  4. In 2006, it opened its fourth store in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
  5. Fairway's fifth store opened on March 25, 2009, in the Fashion Center shopping mall in suburban Paramus, New Jersey, taking up a majority of the mall's former interior space. This was the first Fairway store located west of the Hudson River and the first location ever to open in the entire state of New Jersey. In March 2020, it was announced that the Paramus location would close.[11] The official closing date for the Paramus location was supposed to be May 15, 2020, but it was delayed to the summer of 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]
  6. On April 14, 2010, Fairway opened a new branch in a former Kmart in the Westchester County village of Pelham Manor, directly across the border with the Bronx. This became Fairway's third location in the New York City suburbs and sixth overall.[13] Fairway opened its first Wine and Spirit store adjacent to the market. The second wine and spirit superstore was opened adjacent to the Stamford market.
  7. Fairway's seventh and largest location to date at over 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) opened in November 2010 in Stamford, Connecticut.[14]
  8. In 2011, Fairway opened a location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on 86th Street, between Second and Third Avenues.
  9. Fairway also opened a location in Douglaston, Queens in 2011.
  10. In June 2012, Fairway opened its tenth food store and third Wine and Spirits Store in Woodland Park, New Jersey, in a renovated former Pathmark Super Center store. The company closed business at this location on April 1, 2020, with the location replaced by an Amazon Go market.
  11. Fairway Market opened a 68,000-square-foot (6,300 m2) store in the Roosevelt Raceway Center in Westbury in August 2012.
  12. In December 2012, Fairway opened their Kips Bay, Manhattan location on East 30th Street and Second Avenue.
  13. Fairway Market opened their 13th store in Chelsea, Manhattan at Sixth Avenue on July 24, 2013.
  14. Fairway opened their 14th store in Nanuet, New York, at The Shops at Nanuet mall on October 10, 2013. The store closed on September 25, 2019.[15]
  15. Fairway Market opened a store in the DSW Plaza in Lake Grove, New York on July 23, 2014. This store was the first Fairway Market location in Suffolk County on Long Island and the 15th food store in the metropolitan area. The company closed the store after only two years.
  16. In January 2017, Fairway opened a store in a Georgetown (Brooklyn) strip mall. In March 2020, the store was sold to Key Food for $5 million.[16]

Community involvement and environmental efforts[edit]

Fairway Market stores donate thousands of pounds of food annually by partnering with local food banks, such as Food Bank For New York City and City Harvest.[citation needed]

Fairway also has a history of donating food during the holidays. Every year during Thanksgiving, Fairway has made it a tradition to give a happy holiday to those less fortunate. All Fairway locations donate food to shelters and food banks including turkeys and side dishes.[17]

Additionally, Fairway Market has had a longstanding commitment to firefighters, and in the months following 9/11, adopted local firehouses, supplying them with food throughout the rescue and recovery and clean-up efforts. Fairway also hosts annual Firefighter Food Face-Off events where firefighters can compete against one another in a grilling competition where the winning team wins a gift card to shop at Fairway for their firehouse and hosts a Shopping Night in honor of the winning firefighters where a percentage of proceeds are donated to a charity of their choice.[citation needed]

Fairway Market has also hosted Shopping Nights for other organizations, such as one it hosted in October 2011 for St. Luke's LifeWorks, in Connecticut, during which 25 percent of all sales were donated to this social service non-profit agency that aids the homeless in Lower Fairfield County.[citation needed]

Fairway Market kept its stores open and delivered food and cleaning supplies to people in need during Superstorm Sandy. Fairway Market donated $30,000 to ReStore Red Hook, a non-profit group dedicated to the recovery of small businesses forced to close after Sandy ravaged the neighborhood in October.[citation needed]

Fairway Market was the Hospitality Partner at Macy's 37(th) Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show on July 4, 2013. Thousands of guests invited by Macy's enjoyed dinner, drinks and dessert provided by Fairway and watched the fireworks display on the Westside of Manhattan.[citation needed]

Fairway's Red Hook store's was awarded the U.S. government's ENERGY STAR CHP Award for its conservation efforts[citation needed]. Fairway Market's stores use Energy Star qualified fixtures and equipment. The lighting in the stores is energy efficient, and the heat generated by Fairway's refrigeration and freezer units is reclaimed to heat the stores’ aisles and hot water. Fairway also uses waste-to-water technology as part of its waste decomposition system to eliminate the hauling of solids to landfills. Most of the products shipped to Fairway use 100% recyclable corrugated materials and nearly all are stacked on 100% recycled pallets. Cleaning and maintenance supplies that are DfE certified, which is the EPA's Design for the Environment program, are used in part at the stores and its facilities, and they're purchased in concentrated form to avoid excess packaging. Fairway's Stamford store is in a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building.[citation needed]


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  10. ^ "West Side Rag » Fairway Set to Start Closing 125th Street Location As Soon As Today". www.westsiderag.com. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  11. ^ Amazon Acquiring Fairway Market Lease in Paramus BoozyBurbs.com. Accessed March 26, 2020
  12. ^ Fairway Market In Paramus To Close DailyVoice.com. Accessed May 7, 2020
  13. ^ Super Market News Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Healy, Peter (April 20, 2009). "Antares loses control of Stamford office complex". Greenwich Time.com. Greenwich Time. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  15. ^ Fairway Market Closing In Nanuet. "Patch.com" Accessed September 25, 2019.
  16. ^ Fairway Sells Georgetown Outpost to Key Food in Bankruptcy Auction,Brooklyn Paper, March 27, 2020
  17. ^ "Brooklyn Borough President". Archived from the original on November 20, 2010. Retrieved August 6, 2010.

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