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Pictures of Quality Built in the Fort Lee and
Edgewater stores are below.
Stopped in here a few days ago to grab a couple of items and was surprised to see the Quality décor package! The store looks beautiful. The dingy feeling that was still hanging around a bit from the A&P is completely gone. Like Edgewater, this was mostly just a décor swap. No new cases, no new configurations of departments and no new flooring, which the store COULD really use. New shelving is going into the grocery aisles and a full reset does appear to be underway.
These pictures were taken quickly as I ran through the store. I'll get back for some better coverage once the store is completed.
Fort Lee must sell a ton of fresh flowers. Every single time I've been in this store since last October there has been a floral delivery waiting to be unpacked. When I first photographed the store back in January, I completely skipped Floral because a huge delivery had just arrived and the whole department was a mess.
One note about Produce, which I didn't bother to take a picture of since nothing has changed... Acme is not putting Produce signage in the A&P and Pathmark stores were the produce aisle runs along the first grocery aisle. I thought they would create a hanging version of the "So and So's Freshest Produce Market" but I haven't seen such a sign in any updated store. A sign like they have at the Devon store would be even better for these converted stores. Take a look by clicking here.
Surprised to see the A&P''s spot lights still remaining around the store.
I had wondered too if Acme would do away with the lighting directly above the aisles and install new lighting along the ceiling. No signs of them doing that. There are areas of the store that still feel a little dark.
The Dairy department looks particularly good! A&P's old flooring works well here too.
Health and Beauty was completely being reset when I was here.
The front-end has yet to get some much needed upgrades. Nothing has been done to the Customer Service desk and the store's original registers still remain.
The store has a terrible express lane situation. As you can see here, no express lanes were even open. I really hope new registers are coming yet.
This is how the store looked when Acme first opened here. Tiny ACME sign and A&P's Pharmacy sign was not replaced. All mostly likely due to local ordinances regarding sign sizing and other ridiculous requirements. Supermarket Fan had this to share...
I talked to someone who works nearby the Montclair store and he said that ACME was trying really hard to get a variance since zoning laws have changed since A&P put up its sign. He said they were having a lot of trouble, so that's probably why there was such a delay. (He also said that ACME is much cleaner, fresher, brighter, and cheaper than A&P.)
Supermarket Fan also informs us that no upgrades have been made to the interior at this time. The checkout lights haven't even been replaced.
Every time I have stepped in the store over the past couple of months, I've imagined seeing the walls stripped of it's Pathmark décor and slathered with spackling in preparation for a remodel. My hopes have been even higher lately as Acme is ramping up its remodels. Well, last Thursday evening, I walked in and saw exactly what I have been imagining all this time! Funny thing... I was in a rush and entered through the Pharmacy door which I'm pretty sure I've never done before. This put me over by the first aisle where the first thing I noticed was the paper product image gone from the wall. At first I though it may have fallen off but the I took a quick look around to find ALL the décor removed from every wall!
As of last Thursday, the remodel looks to be just a décor swap. No reset is happening, the floors are not being touched and no new cases. The store was fully remodeled in the mid-2000's so everything is still in decent shape. One thing I'm hoping for is for the ceiling to get painted back to white. Not a fan of the beige treatment that both Pathmark and A&P have done during their 2000's remodels.
This will be the third remodel I've watched this store go through in the past 17 years.
Perfect spot for the retro logo wall! As we've seen, the acquired A&P stores haven't been getting the logo wall. This store does have a ton of wall space to be covered since the Deli and Seafood departments are out on the sales floor.
Returned on Saturday to check the progress and the Quality Built colors have arrived!
Seafood will have the same blue as the Deli instead of the gray that it is used in the Meat Department.
Just one coat of yellow in Dairy but this area of the store is already looking better!
I'll try not to go overboard with updates on this store but since I'm in here several times a week, I might not be able to help myself.
A FEW DAYS LATER...
So here's how it's done! This wall will say "This Is Your Acme".
Produce ceiling has been painted to match the rest of the store.
Acme logo going up around the corner from Seafood.
Dairy sign before the white frame went up.
Third area of the store that will be getting "This Is Your Acme".
PHOTOS TAKEN AFTER
THE DÉCOR WAS COMPLETE...
Acme opted to keep Pathmark's Natural and Organic rather than replacing it with their own.
I continue to be blown away with the volume of business this Acme does.
The Live Bistro is now Fresh to Go. Not much fresh food to be seen on this side of the department.