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Upper West Side Food News: 16 Handles, Westside Market, Chat Massala Eating Stationer

 

Westside Market still not open.

Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Photo: Laura B. Weiss

I know I said I wasn’t going to write about the Upper West Side anymore. OK, go ahead and call me a liar. Above 96th Street, there’s a lot of action. 16 Handles is opening soon and Westside Market may finally greet its first food shoppers next month.

Here’s some food news you’ll want to know:

  • 16 Handles, the make-your-own-yogurt-mishmash outfit, is opening its newest shop at 2600 Braodway between 98th and 99th Street March 2, according to a worker inside the partially completed interior build-out. They’re going to have a new machine that mixes together different yogurts into one treat. The story of the chain’s expansion uptown was originally broken by the Westside Rag.
  • Local merchants say Westside Market, which was suppose to open in January, is now slated to start selling groceries in March. The longtime UWS grocer is going into the former Duane Reade space at 2589 Broadway, between 97th & 98th.
  • The gentleman who sits behind the counter at Westside Stationers on Broadway at the corner of 99th Street was eating an orange sprinkled with chat masala when I walked in. His daughter-in-law had brought him a plate of fruit sprinkled with the traditional Indian spice mixture. Why not just eat the orange au naturel? I asked him. “I said to her ‘put something on it to make it more interesting,” he replied, popping a slice into his mouth.
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Upper West Side: Trader Joe’s Opening, Week 3

Trader Joe's Upper West Side store. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

I looked around the shiny new Trader Joe’s on 72nd and Broadway. It’s the usual Trader Joe’s stuff, but wonder of wonders, it wasn’t jam packed. Nice wide aisles too.

On the grocery-store-obsessed Upper West Side, as we all know, the opening of the new Trader Joe’s appears to rank above the launch of a new three-star restaurant.

Let me know what you think of the new store–and whether you’re doing less shopping at Fairway now that TJ’s is open.

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Trader Joe’s Upper West Side Taking Job Applications

Here’s a photo that offers living proof that Trader Joe’s will almost certainly be opening soon. Want a job? They’re taking employment applications in a loading area on 72nd Street, or at least they were a couple of days ago.

For more Trader Joe’s Coverage, click here.

Photo: Laura B. Weiss

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Upper West Side: Fairway’s Steve Jenkins Takes on Trader Joe’s Threat

The Upper West Side’s supermarket wars are heating up. With Trader Joe’s scheduled  to move next year into a location at Broadway and 72nd Street, you would expect Fairway, the neighborhood’s iconic specialty grocer perched two blocks north at 74th Street, to be feeling the heat.

Fairway Market. Photo: www.fairwaymarket.com.

Fairway Market. Photo: www.fairwaymarket.com.

But Fairway’s longtime cheesemonger, Steve Jenkins, says he isn’t losing sleep over the prospect of having to compete with Trader Joe’s discount prices and popular house-brand specialty products.

“As for Trader Joe’s, I really don’t know what to say to you,” Jenkins said in an e-mail.

“Will we respond?  No.  Will we change our product line?  No.  Will we lower our prices?  No.  Merchandising?  No.  Promotions?  We don’t promote.  Advertising?  We don’t advertise.  Anything else?  Not that I know of.”

In addition to its website which displays videos, store history and other Fairway related marketing material, Fairway mails discount coupons to customers and conducts other store promotions.

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Upper West Side: Trader Joe’s to Open at 72nd and Broadway in 2010

Photo: safoocat via flickr.

Photo: safoocat via flickr.

Trader Joe’s says it will open a store at Broadway and 72nd Street sometime in 2010, according to a story reported in the Westside Independent.  Previously, a store official had told Food and Things that a TJ’s would not open on the Upper West Side, but Alison Mochizuki, a Trader Joe’s spokesperson, now says the store opening was never in doubt, despite the store rep’s previous statement.  For more on the new Upper West Side Trader Joe’s, click here.

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