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Shop Fair Supermarket Headed to Queens’ Edgemere Commons Development

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The first phase of a massive mixed-use development in Edgemere, Queens, will be home to a new Shop Fair Supermarket, the developers announced Wednesday.

Shop Fair signed a 25-year lease for 27,676 square feet at the base of The Arker Companies and Slate Property Group’s under-construction Edgemere Commons project at 51-23 Beach Channel Drive on the Rockaway Peninsula, according to the landlord.A spokesperson for the landlord declined to provide the asking rent.

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Shop Fair — which has more than a dozen supermarkets around the city, including three nearby in Far Rockaway — plans to open in spring 2024 after the development is finished.

“From our first meetings with community members, we knew that creating a development that met the needs of Edgemere residents meant delivering a quality grocery store,” Dan Moritz, principal at Arker, said in a statement. “The addition of Shop Fair to Edgemere Commons will help eradicate a food desert and make healthy, nutritious food more accessible for the community.”

Arker and Slate broke ground on the $100 million development at the former Peninsula Hospital Center at the beginning of last year. The 17-story building is slated to have 194 affordable apartments — with 29 set aside for adults with developmental disabilities — and 24,000 square feet of parking, according to the developers.

It’s one of 11 buildings in the 2.5 million-square-foot Edgemere Commons project that will eventually have 2,000 affordable apartments, 38,000 square feet of public open space, 72,000 square feet of retail, a community center and a medical facility.

Tishman Speyer will develop the other 10 properties in the development after acquiring them for $90.4 million from Arker and Slate in 2021, The Real Deal reported.

Greg Parassio and Brian Doyle of Booth Street represented both the tenant and landlords in the deal.

“Booth is excited to have been instrumental in commencing a deal between Shop Fair and the Arker Family at what will be one of the most dynamic new mixed-use developments in all of NYC,” Parassio said in a statement. “In conjunction with Tishman, the Arker’s are creating what will amount to a small city in the heart of Far Rockaway.”

Nicholas Rizzi can be reached at nrizzi@commercialobserver.com.