NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Douglaston, Queens is now home to the largest Fairway Market in New York City.

A big crowd showed up for the grand opening of the store and Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped cut the ribbon. Bloomberg also marveled at the store’s wide selection.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera Reports

“Beef from Australia, tomatoes from southern Italy, coffee beans from the Dominican Republic, salmon from Alaska — not to mention 600 kinds of cheese,” the mayor noted.

A woman named “Marilyn” told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera that she was happy that she didn’t have to endure the inconvenience of heading to other boroughs or Long Island to get her groceries.

“We went to the one in Plainview and it was beautiful and we don’t have any real supermarkets around here and we need it badly,” she said.

“They haven’t had a supermarket here in months and I’m so excited that they have a supermarket here because you have to travel a little bit to go somewhere else. I’m very excited,” said another woman.

But the fact that Queens now houses the biggest Fairway in the city doesn’t sit well with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

“Now that you’ve opened a store in Queens that’s bigger than the one in Brooklyn, you now owe Brooklyn a second store,” he said.

The new store will help create about 450 new jobs.

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