Specifically, the Fairway in Plainview, LI? I went shopping there yesterday, and it was dead for a Sunday. When I started to look around, I noticed the quality of the food there was substantially different, sadly for the worse.
Other than the usual good Murray's chicken selections, the meat case was stocked with all kinds of items that were well past their prime. Most of the ground beef, for example, was discolored and clearly not very fresh. Even when I stopped by the butcher's counter to get some skirt steak, I couldn't buy any because when I asked to be shown both sides of the meat once again, they were discolored and obviously not fresh.
The fish counter wasn't much better. They had X-large shrimp on sale for 4.99/lb. which were the size of peanuts, so I accepted the $8.99/lb. price for Jumbo shrimp, which were exponentially bigger, and which the man behind the counter promised were wild and domestic, as opposed to farmed. Well, when getting these home, it was pretty clear to me that they were black tiger, and most likely farmed as opposed to what I was told.
Again, there were no long lines, and hardly any customers during what is an ordinarily busy shopping time, so I'm thinking there must be something going on that I wasn't aware of. From the produce, to the meats and seafood, to the cheese bar and beyond, NOTHING was up to par. I literally could've done better in a chain store!
So, does anyone know what happened? Change in ownership or management? I know they are now spending a lot of time and presumably money advertising on TV, but unless they go back to offering quality, fresh food at a reasonable price they will surely lose a ton of business, if they haven't already.