Fair Trade Market is now open in Islip Terrace.
Business partners Mazen Alromhein and Danny Hamdan opened the supermarket Dec. 18 at 876 Connetquot Avenue, with the hopes of becoming the go-to neighborhood spot for groceries.
Hamdan said he and his family are experienced in the supermarket business, owning six others across New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Alromhein has been in the wholesale business.
Being a family-owned, Hamdan said, creates a unique experience that helps differentiate the Fair Trade location from a CVS or Stop & Shop.
“Customer service is [what] we really care about,” he said. “Anyone can sell cereal, anyone can sell bread, but we really are concerned with customer service and everyone walking out happy.”
When entering through the sliding doors, customers immediately find themselves in Fair Market’s spacious produce section, bakery, and delicatessen area. The butchers, along with a fresh seafood stand, are toward the back. Big brand and smaller-name food items line the shelves.
The Fair Trade Market staff will also order products for customers if they don’t see what they’re looking for in the store.
And “the store will only get better as we go along,” Hamdan said.
The owners are also working on setting up an InstaCart and delivery services, so customers have the option to order items online.
They aim to have that set up next month.
“We’re just really happy to be a part of the community, and we’re looking to grow with the community,” Hamdan said. “Every
Fair Trade Market is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information or updates on products in the store, follow the market’s Facebook page, or call them directly at (631) 481-3298.
Photos below by Ana Borruto.
Top: Exterior of Fair Trade Market