Magnit Bazaar opens in Fair Lawn NJ, Russian market with low prices
A specialty store has found a home in Radburn Plaza, in an area formerly occupied by Columbia Bank.
Magnit Bazaar, a Russian-centric market, opened on Saturday, adding to Fair Lawn’s list of multicultural markets, which includes a Kosher grocery store, Lebanese market, and Swiss Pork Store, opposite the Radburn Plaza building.
The name of the 2,500 square foot market should be familiar to many in the district’s Russian community, as there is a large food chain of the same name in Russia with over 2,000 locations. Co-owner Saleem Baig said that was the reason he and fellow owner Chir Mahood chose the name.
“It is a historic place with a large Russian population from Eastern Europe,” Baig said. He operates a similar business in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, which also has a large Russian and formerly Soviet population. Baig is a resident of Queens.
More than 20% of residents of Fair Lawn have Russian ancestors, according to the Census Bureau’s 2019 U.S. Communities Survey. Many are immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
What does Magnit Bazaar sell?
Magnit Bazaar offers traditional Russian dishes and other international food items, housewares and home essentials. Its location in Radburn Plaza, in the shadow of the historic clock tower, puts it in the heart of downtown Plaza Road.
Baig said the prices are competitive: “The same products that we have here for health and beauty are the same that they have at CVS, but we are about 40% less than what they have.
He has a strong inventory of merchandise, Baig said, and although customers are wondering if the prices will stay the same, he says they will: “We are able to keep the prices the same because we import goods directly from abroad “.
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Magnit Bazaar isn’t the only Russian market in Bergen County. NetCost on Route 4 in Paramus, part of a Brooklyn-based chain, offers food from around the world, with a specialty in Russian items. It opened under the name Gourmanoff in 2016.
For Magnit Bazaar, it’s been a busy first week of business, Baig said, and the store is still planning to host a ribbon cutting.
“It’s really exciting to see this business open,” said Mayor Kurt Peluso. More businesses opened than closed in 2020, he said, adding, “We are proud and focused on occupying our retail spaces. “
“The diversity of our stores represents the diversity of our community,” said Peluso. “You can experience all of these different cultures without even walking a few blocks. We have this unique experience, right here at Fair Lawn.”
Shaylah Brown is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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