FANWOOD, NJ — For the first time since the A&P closed in 2015, Fanwood residents will again be able to get their groceries close to home.

Mayor Colleen Mahr has announced that a small scale grocery store will be opening in the heart of downtown Fanwood in August. Fanwood Larder, will open in a portion of the space once occupied by Bath Connection on South Martine Ave.

The owner is Eva Pfaff, a Fanwood native, who has been working on the project for the past two years with Mayor Mahr and Liz Jeffrey, Fanwood’s Economic Development Director, on opening the store. 

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“I'm so grateful to be able to bring groceries back to the community, and come home to the wonderful town where I so enjoyed growing up,” said Pfaff.

Fanwood Larder is the latest new business to open in the Borough’s downtown, which has enjoyed a renaissance since redevelopment began more than a decade ago. It will be a welcome addition for people who have missed having a food store nearby. The store will be open 7 days a week and will offer mobile ordering with in-store pickup. The shelves will feature a selection of high-end groceries and when possible, locally grown and organic products.

“When the A&P closed, we approached supermarket companies about coming to Fanwood and they all said the site was too small,” said Mayor Mahr. “We heard from residents that they missed the A&P. While the Fanwood Larder won’t be a supermarket, I think our residents will be very happy to see the return of a food market to our town where one can get many essentials as well as some specialty and fresh daily offerings.“

What is a "larder," one might ask.

According to Pfaff, it is a room or place in days past where food was stored (often underground to preserve foods that needed to be kept cool).

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