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.
“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).