Fairway may be eying a new Upper East Side location, but the gourmet food market is already concerned about Second Avenue Subway construction.
Fairway is considering opening an outpost at 240 E. 86th St., between Second and Third avenues, an area that will soon see heavy subway construction that would block truck loading and unloading zones.
As crews take over Second Avenue, more businesses will be using the 220-foot East 86th Street truck zone. Paid commercial trucks can park in the zone Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
â€œWe"re concerned we"ll be competing with everyone else, said Raymond Levin, an attorney representing the food market, at an April 20 MTA hearing on eminent domain. â€œIt"s going to be difficult during construction.
Fairway wants the Department of Transportation to increase the size of the zone and expand the number of hours and days that trucks are allowed to use that space. The department received the request and will work with Fairway to accommodate their needs, a spokesperson said in an email.
As of March 24, nothing had been signed to guarantee a Fairway on East 86th Street, in the former site of a Circuit City and Barnes & Noble, but Levin said the market"s owners were still evaluating the space.
â€œThey want a good sense of what the situation is on the street, Levin said.