Fairway Market in Red Hook closed for up to three months after Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy decimated the Fairway Market in Red Hook — but the shop will reopen within three months, store officials say.
Workers surveyed the damage and started cleaning inside Fairway in Red Hook after Hurricane Sandy ripped through last week.
Sandy didn’t just ruin the interior of the store — it ripped the door off its hinges.
Workers from the InStar National Disaster Team remove garbage from the parking lot of the Red Hook grocery store.
Trucks like this one hauled away all of the refuse.

Don’t expect to find organic kale, artisan cheeses, or Greek yogurt in Red Hook any time soon.

Fairway Market shoppers may have to wait up to three months before the superstorm-battered gourmet chain reopens following severe flooding in Hurricane Sandy.

“There was a tremendous amount of water damage and equipment damage, floor damage,” said Fairway spokesman Bruce Bobbins. “The damage was just extensive.”

The storm ravaged the supermarket at the foot of Van Brunt St., inundating the first floor with several feet of water.

The surge was so vicious that store officials predict it will take between six and 12 weeks to clear out the tainted foods, upright the toppled shelving, clean up the filthy debris, and restock.

That’s a long time for Red Hook residents to be without their beloved supermarket, said Community Board 6 district manager Craig Hammerman.

“The fact that they are closed and there are a lot of hungry people in the community is sad and disturbing,” said Hammerman.

“Fairway was providing an essential link to healthy foods that the neighborhood wasn’t known for before they arrived — their absence is noticeable.”

Despite the lengthy closure, store officials say they will continue to employee all of the workers from the shuttered Red Hook location.

“All 350 employees have been transferred to other Fairway Market stores and we are running shuttle buses from Red Hook on an hourly basis for these employees to get to the other locations,” said Bobbins.

“No one has been laid off.”

You can’t shop at Fairway for now — but that doesn’t mean the grocery store isn’t working to fed Brooklynites.

Fairway Market and Van Brunt Street’s Hometown Restaurant are teaming up to fill the bellies of more than 300 Brooklynites whose lives have been uprooted by superstorm Sandy, which left many locals without power, heat, or running water.

Locals will have their choice of a barbecue feast of pork and beef ribs, whole beef briskets, and pork shoulders, at 454 Van Brunt St. at noon today.

Updated 5:36 pm, July 9, 2018
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A FairWay Friend from Prospect Heights says:
There are two glaring spelling errors in this article...don't you have anybody proofreading?
Nov. 6, 2012, 6:47 pm
Happy Hooker from The Hook says:
Off to the ghetto Paffmark it is...
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:48 pm
Giselle from Red hook says:
Pathmark and fine fare are closed. Fine fare should close down for ever. It is disgusting in there. Pathmark needs to step up their service.
Nov. 6, 2012, 9:09 pm
Gary from Midwood says:
I resent your staff calling yourselves "The Brooklyn Paper"
Are you telling the people in Midwood, Sheepshead Bay,
Gerrtisen Beach, Canarsie, Bedford Stuyvesant, etc. that we do not exist or are just not worth covering? You might consider changing your name to "The Gentified Brooklyn Paper"
Nov. 8, 2012, 10:14 am
Michael from Park Slope says:
Gary, no one has ever cared about Midwood, Canarsie etc. Youre just realizing this? Theyre ugly neighborhoods with even uglier people.
Nov. 8, 2012, 5:07 pm
Bridget from Carroll Garden says:
Reading that Fairway has not laid off anyone shows they are very good neighbors and a good company to work for. I am happy for their employee.

Thank you Fairway
Nov. 8, 2012, 10:40 pm
Richie C from Carroll Gardens says:
I guess people do not realize that supermarket workers used to clean up the mess will cost the market much less then hiring a clean up company or construction and demolition people. They are smart to use their own people to do most of that work I am sure and there by not having to let them go temporarilly and or risk losing those good ones who may find it necessary to go seek employment else where during the holiday season.
Talk about bad luck for a market to have to be closed during the BUSIEST Season for them during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's !!
Nov. 10, 2012, 7:10 am

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