Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00
The 68,000-square-foot store is now open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and boasts fresh and organic foods from all over the world, including cheeses, fish and meat, kosher products, a deli and the well-known Fairway Café, which features both indoor and outdoor seating for its patrons.
The family-owned market began as a fruit and vegetable stand in New York City before growing into a store located at 74th and Broadway. Nathan Glickberg was the man behind the market, with his son, Leo, providing a helping hand. Howie Glickberg, Leo’s son, saw the potential for expansion and worked toward opening new stores in the metropolitan area, including one in nearby Plainview, which opened in 2001.
“Today is a big day for us. It’s our 11th food store overall. We also have three wine and spirit stores – and to think of where we’ve come in a few short years is incredible. We’re very proud of the team here,” said Fairway Market CEO Herb Ruetsch. “We want to bring good food to everyone we can. That’s what we do. We’re very pleased to be here in Westbury.”
Howie Glickberg later spoke on the importance of embracing the market’s role in the neighborhood, a testament to Fairway Market’s original store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and announced that the store has already established partnerships with Long Island Cares and the Nassau County Firefighters museum.
“We are committed to giving back to the causes and organizations that make a difference in the lives of our neighbors,” Glickberg said.
And the neighbors came out in droves on opening day, as the buzz from its Plainview location traveled a few miles west to its new store in Westbury. Patrons showed up hours before the store opened to the public at 11 a.m.
Fairway Market Chairman Charles Santoro also thanked the organization’s myriad partners, including Sterling Investment Partners of Westport, CT. Santoro noted that Fairway also hopes to open four additional stores over the coming 18 months and provide another 1,500 jobs in doing so.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray was one of several elected officials on hand to welcome the Fairway family to Westbury.
“The men and women inside this store and in all the Fairway stores are so knowledgeable and so passionate about what they do and that’s what makes the Fairway brand so premium. We are very, very thrilled to in the Town of Hempstead to have Fairway here amongst our business community and we also know that Fairway is a great charitable organization as well,” Murray said.
For more information, visit www.fairwaymarket.com.