Proclaiming that “no family should go hungry this holiday season,” Howard Glickberg, the third generation owner of the iconic grocery and specialty food superstore Fairway Market (www.fairwaymarket.com; www.discoverfairway.com), will present thousands of dollars of traditional holiday meal foods to the Paramus food pantry to help local families in need. In addition, Fairway donated a number of its “Taste of Home” gift boxes to send to members of the military from Paramus who are now stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries overseas.
Paramus Mayor James J. Tedesco III accepted the donation at the site of the soon-to-be-opened Fairway in the Fashion Center on Route 17. Scheduled to open in March, the new 50,000 square foot store is the first Fairway in New Jersey. It will stay true to its four predecessors in Manhattan, Plainview, L.I. and Brooklyn, and offer an extraordinary variety of superior quality fresh food from around the globe at the most competitive prices.
“We are so thankful to Fairway for its magnificent generosity,” said Mayor Tedesco. “One of the great joys of the holidays is being able to gather with family and loved ones for a wonderful meal. Fairway’s donation ensures that families in need here in our borough don’t have to miss out on this joy.”
He said that, from all he has learned about Fairway, “it is exactly what its slogan reads, ‘Like no other market.’ It is a family business in every sense of the word. Not only has it been in the Glickberg family for what is now four generations, but everyone who works for the company – and who shops there – is treated like family. That’s the kind of business we want here in Paramus.”
Mr. Glickberg said that the contribution is both a small token of appreciation for how hospitable the borough has been to Fairway, noting that “from the beginning of the process, everyone with whom we have dealt with in Paramus has been welcoming. So this is just our way of saying thanks.”
And noting the profound impact today’s harsh economic times is having on more and more families, Mr. Glickberg said: “this is simply the right thing to do. We couldn’t take the enormous pride we do in being a family business if we weren’t there to help families in need. No family should go hungry this holiday season.”
In an aside to the Mayor after the ceremony, Glickberg praised the various de[partments in the borough with whom his company had to work in order to get permits.