Food Market Opens With Fanfare

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Lauren Drysdale and her sons shop in Fairway Market on its opening day. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
The warmth of a bakery is reflected in the display. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
Fairway has more than 600 different cheeses. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
The store sells coffee from around the world, roasted in-house. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
The organic food aisle. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
A produce display at the end of an aisle. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
Mayor Michael Pavia said the new store brings much-needed jobs to the region. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele reads a statement from Gov. M. Jodi Rell to Fairway CEO Howie Glickberg. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter
A long row of produce lines the outside of Fairway Market. Photo Credit: Felicia Hunter

Looking over food selections at the new Fairway Market in Stamford Wednesday morning, Lauren Drysdale couldn't help but be impressed. But then, she knew what to expect.

"We used to live in New York and we used to shop in a Fairway Market there," said Drysdale, her two boys, ages 1 and 4, in tow. Now that she lives in Stamford, it's nice to know there's a Fairway in town. And even though she lives on the East side and would have to travel a bit, "it would be worth it," she said. "It's wonderful."

Many others had the same opinion of the gigantic supermarket. It's so big maps were given to entering customers "so you don't get lost," as one greeter said.

The grand opening attracted crowds of shoppers who milled throughout the 85,000-square-foot store, perusing meats, cheeses, oils, coffees, produce, organic items, baked goods and other offerings. The festive feeling also spilled outside. There, oblivious to intermittent traffic jams and walkway congestion, a grand opening ceremony took place.

"You'll see the most amazing store you've ever seen in your life," CEO Howie Glickberg told onlookers. The ceremony attracted Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia – whom Glickberg described as "my favorite person in Stamford" and credited with making the project possible – Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, Supt. of Schools Joshua Starr and state and local representatives, among other dignitaries. Citations from Gov. M. Jodi Rell and U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman were read. The Stamford High School Jazz Combo performed.

The market, located at 699 Canal St., has provided 500 new jobs in the region.

"It's about more than opening a store," Pavia said. "It's about getting people back to work."

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