Small businesses getting back on their feet after Sandy
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Fairway Market has donated $30,000 to ReStore Red Hook, a non-profit group dedicated to the recovery of the many shops, restaurants and bars that were forced to close after Hurricane Sandy hit in October.
Fairway is one of the main anchor retailers in Red Hook, along with IKEA.
The funds came from the sale of specially designed T-shirts sold in the store and online and customer donations made at registers, which raised close to $15,000. Fairway then made a matching contribution.
Bill Sanford, president of Fairway Market, which lost its own Red Hook location for months due to Sandy, said it’s been a privilege to be part of the restoration of the business district.
“Red Hook is a very close knit community and we are all connected and dependent upon each other for our success,” said Sanford. “What’s good for us is good for the entire neighborhood and vice versa, and we share a deep pride in working in such an historic part of Brooklyn. We are committed to its future and will continue to provide support to keep businesses up and running.”
ReStore Red Hook was founded by several of the local small businesses who were hard hit by the super storm. Its mission is to help the small businesses of Red Hook rebuild, and reopen in a long lasting, sustainable manner. ReStore Red Hook has raised over $500,000 and has redistributed 100 percent of its funds directly back to the struggling small businesses in the community.
“Fairway has become an integral part of life in Red Hook, and its closure was a devastating loss for all of us,” said Monica Byrne, co-founder of ReStore Red Hook. “Fairway has been an extraordinary partner in our rebuilding efforts. “We are thrilled to have Fairway back, better than ever, and we are deeply appreciative of all the incredible support they have offered us in the small business community.”