When the history of the hurricane is written, the reopening of a grocery store, even a reopening as elaborately planned as Fairway Red Hook’s, may not merit much more than a footnote. But to many residents of this peninsular community, which was punished by the storm, the return of Fairway has in some sense symbolized the return of the neighborhood itself.”
In the occasion’s festive atmosphere, it was hard to recall how damaged Fairway was only four short months ago. Five feet of water surged through its aisles, destroying dry goods and carrying off crate displays of produce. “Afterward, the only things inside were the bare walls and the floor,” said Howard Glickberg, the store’s vice chairman for development. “But we made a decision when this happened that when we came back, it wouldn’t just be about Fairway. It would be about Red Hook.”
Local business owners testified to Mr. Glickberg’s promise, saying that executives from Fairway went out of their way to give assistance to other, smaller businesses in Red Hook.