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Fairway Market opens in Lake Grove near Smith Haven Mall

Hundreds of people waited in line to be

Hundreds of people waited in line to be among the first customers to shop at the new Fairway Market that opened in Lake Grove on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Here, Sierra Trautmann, center, who works in the cheese department directs a customer to particular variety of cheese. This is Fairway's first location in Suffolk County. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Fairway Market opened its first location in Suffolk County Wednesday, in the DSW shopping center directly across from the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.

At 50,000 square feet, the new Fairway is smaller than the Plainview store (55,000) that opened in 2001 and the Westbury store (68,000) that opened in 2012. It is Fairway’s 15th store in the New York metro area.

The new Fairway is less than a mile from Lake Grove’s Whole Foods. Bill Sanford, interim CEO of Fairway Market, said of the new location, “The Smith Haven Mall is the center of retail in Suffolk County, similar to the Roosevelt Mall in Nassau County, where Fairway’s Westbury store is performing well. The demographic in the Lake Grove area is ideal for Fairway-- dense population, high incomes and highly educated.”

Fairway Market is open every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in DSW Plaza, 3200 Middle Country Rd., Lake Grove, 631-468-7432,

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