It’s been 15 months since Woodland Park’s Planning Board approved Amazon Fresh’s plan to move into a defunct Fairway Market site at Route 46 and Browertown Road.
The prospect of a new tenant at the Kohl’s shopping center was more than welcome. Woodland Park officials were hopeful that by early this year, an Amazon Fresh would be open for business.
Instead the store is still under construction.
A visit on Wednesday showed a facade that’s been completed, but no apparent other work is underway. The doors were closed, no workers were in sight and the parking lot was empty. A sign on the door instructed PSE&G to call when its workers arrive.
“They said they are having supply chain issues,” Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark said of Amazon.
The Woodland Park store was expected to be among the first of Amazon’s new line of supermarkets, which feature 21st-century innovations like Dash Carts, which don’t require a visit to a cashier. Shoppers just grab items and bag as they go; the carts tally up the cost.
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Fairway Market, a small upscale grocery chain with its origins on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, closed in April 2020 after the grocer declared bankruptcy. Its Paramus location closed around the same time, and it, too, will become an Amazon Fresh supermarket.
The Woodland Park store is 59,350 square feet. Alyse Bernal, a spokesperson for Amazon, said the new store would employ hundreds.
“We don’t have any details to share regarding the opening date at this time,” Bernal said.
The Amazon website listed no job openings in Woodland Park or Paramus as of Wednesday.
Amazon also plans to open Amazon Fresh sites in Eatontown and Holmdel.
Matt Fagan is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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