Now, don't get me wrong. I still love the place. But I can't get over how much some things have changed over the past several months.
First of all, their prices on most items have gone through the roof. Now I know they couldn't maintain those ridiculous grand opening prices for long, but they held the line for quite some time on most items. But recently, the prices have skyrocketed, and their sales have become... meh, for lack of a better term. No more "pick of the week" high-end cheese specials (and no more sales on parmigiano reggiano), no more cake specials in the bakery, and ever increasing deli and produce prices. I know it's a tough economy and I know they've had to raise prices some (especially on things like coffee), but this isn't exactly a company that seems to be hurting financially.
Also, as the store has gotten busier and busier, they seem to have cut help. Waits are still manageable at the registers most of the time, but the waits at the counters, especially at the deli, can be epic. Yes, there are tons of people, and there used to be tons of help. Now, not nearly as much.
Meanwhile, the Corrados fortresses in both Wayne and Clifton seem to have been holding the line on their prices for the most part. Wayne especially has amazing prepared foods and meats that are every bit as good as Fairway's, but they're charging significantly less for their stuff. (The only beef I have with Corrado's is that they're starting to charge more for some items in Wayne than they are in Clifton, even though they originally stated that prices in both locations were the same. Still, they're charging way less than Fairway.)
Now Fairway still has a lot of positives. Their house smoked salmon, although expensive, may be the best in the country, if not the planet. Even with the price increases, most deli meats are still cheaper than what you'd pay in a typical supermarket. Their fresh coffee is great. Their cheese department is the best of any area market, hands down. And you could never get Jewish treats like the smoked salmon or noodle kugel at Corrado's.
But the huge prices increases and decreasing help have had me going there less and less recently. Is it just me?