NEW YORK, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Throngs of people lined up today for the opening of Fairway Market (NASDAQ: FWM) at DSW Plaza, 3200 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove, Long Island, New York. The 50,000 square foot store is the first Fairway Market location in Suffolk County on Long Island and the company's 15 th food store in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut tri-state region.
"We're very excited to make Suffolk County our newest home and offer its residents what those in Nassau County, as well as in New York's five boroughs, Westchester County, New Jersey and Connecticut already have access to – Fairway's unprecedented array of traditional and specialty foods and groceries all under one roof and at great values," said Charles Santoro, Executive Chairman of Fairway Market. "The location is ideal; DSW Plaza is also home to such national names as Designer Shoe Warehouse, Toys R Us and Babies R Us, and it is directly across the street from the Smith Haven Mall, so it is right in the heart of Suffolk County."
Santoro also announced that Fairway Market is joining forces with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. to help raise funds for a mortgage -free home give-away for a returning wounded or disabled Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran on Long Island. On Wednesday, July 30, a Shopping Night will be held in the store in which 25% of all proceeds from sales will go directly to the effort.
Joining Fairway Market executives at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were New York State Senator John Flanagan, Robert Scottaline, Mayor of Lake Grove, Michael Fitzpatrick, State Assemblyman, Edward Romaine, Brookhaven Town Supervisor, Valerie Cartright, Brookhaven Councilwoman, Thomas Climini, Suffolk County Legislator, Angie Carpenter, Suffolk County Treasurer, and Tom Ronayne, Director of Veterans Affairs for the Suffolk County Executive's Office, among other dignitaries.Sam Shalem, Chairman and CEO of Prestige Properties, the owner of the DSW Shopping Center, welcomed Fairway Market to Lake Grove. "We are thrilled to have Fairway as our food anchor," said Shalem. "Our customer base has been eagerly anticipating a Fairway of its own."