Fairway Sells Off Stores, Including 2 to Amazon

New York—Fairway Market’s plans to sell its stores is proceeding on track, according to Chain Store Age. Amazon has won leases in Paramus and Woodland Park, NJ; Village Super Market Inc. has been awarded four locations in Manhattan, a store in Westchester, and Fairway’s production and distribution center; and Seven Seas Georgetowne LLC, a member of the Key Food Cooperative, won the Georgetown location in Brooklyn.

Fairway continues to operate all 14 locations, including those not sold during the Court-supervised auction, in order to accommodate current public need.

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Chain Store Age quotes Abel Porter, CEO at Fairway Market, as saying: “We are pleased with the outcome of the auction and are grateful for our dedicated and hard-working employees, suppliers, and distributors during this process which has taken place in these unprecedented times. Serving our community has always been our top priority and we remain committed to providing quality items and a safe shopping environment for our customers and our employees during this global health crisis.”

The New York Post notes that half of Amazon’s bids fell through: It won the stores in New Jersey, but it lost on a store in Westchester and on one in Brooklyn, NY. The Post’s sources speculated that it might have something to do with labor union Local 1500, which represents around 3,000 Fairway Market workers and fought against non-union bids.

Another thing the Post reports: Village Super Market purchased the rights to the Fairway name, so Amazon will not be using it. The Post notes that Amazon’s plans for the stores were listed as “confidential” in court documents.