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Looks like the Fairway Market that was meant to rival Whole Foods in the Financial District is kaput before it's even started. The Commercial Observer is reporting that the grocery chain is allegedly shopping its lease for 255 Greenwich Street that was slated to open next spring.
"They don't have the money to build," an unnamed source told the site. "The landlords certainly don't want Fairway to leave. Fairway has to buy its way out of these lease obligations."
The address in question is comprised of more than 52,000 square feet and two stories. It would be (or would have been) Fairway's 16th location in the tri-state area, and its first in Lower Manhattan, facing the World Trade Center and September 11 National Memorial and Museum.
Fairway declined to comment for the article, and building owner Jack Resnick & Sons only said that there was still a signed lease agreement for 225 Greenwich Street—one block over. Supposedly, a Staten Island Mall store for 2017 and a Hudson Yards store for an unspecified date are still in the works.