EXCLUSIVE: UES Fairway Market Hit with Summons Over Missing Prices, Use-by Dates

DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing prices, use-by dates/Upper East Site
DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing prices, use-by dates/Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – Fairway Market’s slogan is ‘like no other market,’ and allegedly that extends to not following the law. Upper East Site has learned that the supermarket’s perpetually-busy Upper East Side location was slapped with a summons from the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection for several violations— including missing prices and even use-by dates.

We’re told that after receiving a complaint from a customer, the DCWP inspected the Upper East Side Fairway Market— located at 240 East 86th Street, between Second and Third Avenues— on February 17th and found a slew of problems at the store.

DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing prices, use-by dates/Upper East Site
DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing prices, use-by dates/Upper East Site

Inspectors say dozens of products around the supermarket weren’t marked properly and were missing prices, including deli food and bulk items which did not have their prices posted, leaving customers not knowing how much they would be paying until checkout.

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Fairway’s Upper East Side location was also cited during the DCWP inspection for not posting the sale-by or use-by date of perishable food and not having a refund policy posted inside the 45,000 square foot grocery store. 

DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing refund policy/Upper East Site
DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing refund policy/Upper East Site

Opening in 2011, the UES Fairway Market was among a group of Fairway stores sold to the operator of ShopRite supermarkets for $76 million, after the grocer declared bankruptcy in 2020.

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“In response to a consumer complaint, DCWP inspected Fairway Market and issued a summons for violations of City consumer protection laws,” a NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection spokesperson told Upper East Site in a statement.

DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing prices, use-by dates/Upper East Site
DWCP issues summons to UES Fairway Market for missing prices, use-by dates/Upper East Site

“To file a complaint, New Yorkers can visit nyc.gov/dcwp or call 311,” they added.

Fairway Market’s parent company did not respond to our request for comment by time of publication.

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