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Fairway will reopen on March 1!

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Fairway Market will reopen on March 1 after Hurricane Sandy slammed the Red Hook superstore.
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A five-foot storm surge ripped through the popular supermarket.
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Red Hook residents and merchants can't wait for Fairway to reopen.
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Repairs will cost nearly $10 million, store officials say.

Red Hookers will once again be able to sink their teeth into fine artisanal cheeses and organic produce in less than a month.

The neighborhood’s Sandy-slammed Fairway Market will reopen on March 1, store officials announced Tuesday.

The store made its much-anticipated announcement in a tweet — and store officials can’t wait to reopen.

“Man we’ve missed you,” the grocer wrote.

The Oct. 29 super storm pounded the gourmet outlet at the foot of Van Brunt Street with a vicious five-foot storm surge that left the community’s culinary anchor shuttered for months, but store officials said the supermarket will come back better than ever with an expanded bakery section, wider aisles and more outdoor seating.

“It’s going to be a community-wide celebration,” said Fairway spokesman Bruce Bobbins, who added that there will be a special commemoration ceremony — possibly featuring Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Markowitz — that will likely be held in the store’s parking lot at 9:30 am on opening day.

The grocery chain had to be completely gutted after Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters demolished everything it touched in the massive store. The restoration cost nearly $10-million, store officials said.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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