Amazon is as soon as once more on the prowl for shops owned by bankrupt grocer Fairway Market, The Submit has realized.
After forking over $1.5 million for 2 of Fairway’s grocery shops in March, the web procuring large has been kicking the tires at different Fairway areas, together with within the Douglaston neighborhood of Queens; within the Lengthy Island city of Westbury and in Harlem, sources advised The Submit.
“Amazon is sniffing round however no one is aware of what their intentions are or what they’re doing with the shops they purchased,” an proprietor of an obtainable Fairway retailer advised The Submit.
As The Submit has beforehand reported, solely seven of Fairway’s 14 shops have been offered on the March chapter public sale, together with two that went to Amazon — in Woodland Park, NJ, and in Paramus, NJ. The Paramus location can be closing for good on Friday.
“We’ve got maintained operations in Paramus following the sale of this location,” Fairway’s chief government, Abel Porter stated in a press release final week. “The closing of the shop will enable us to redeploy our restricted sources for the remaining seven areas the place we proceed operations in the course of the court-supervised public sale course of.”
The Seattle-based retailer has not divulged its plans for the New Jersey shops besides to say that they are going to be supermarkets.
In the meantime, Village Grocery store, which purchased 4 of Fairway’s Manhattan shops on the March public sale, together with its flagship retailer on the Higher West Aspect, in addition to a retailer in Pelham, Westchester, took over these shops final week.
Village Grocery store, which operates Shoprite shops, paid $76 million for the shops and the long-lasting Fairway Market model.
Amazon didn’t instantly reply for remark for this story.