Friday, March 23, 2018

Acme – Manahawkin, New Jersey

First round of photos courtesy of Dan Asnis

Location: 609 E Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 

Despite all odds, the outdated Manahawkin Super Fresh survived to the bitter end. Competition in the area is overwhelming for this place... ShopRite, Walmart, Target, Costco and BJ's are all just minutes away. But not easy minutes away during the summer months which is this place's saving grace. Regardless, A&P seemed to give up on the store many years ago. The interior had no department signage on the walls and absolutely no décor to speak of and. Acme is now in the process of giving this store some much needed attention. 

The first Super Fresh logo is still the best! 

NOVEMBER 15, 2015 >>>

Acme loves a store at the Jersey Shore store so they were sure to snap up this place! Nearly 2 1/2 years later, they have launched a much needed remodel, the scale of which is still difficult to pinpoint. The interior changes are occurring while renovations are happening to the entire exterior shopping center.

I love how big these letters look on this relatively small facade!

A&P didn't even give this place the laziest of all updates like it did with their Ocean City store. A&P's lighting remains in place in Produce.

Plain, plain, plain. For all the stores they closed over the years, you'd think they could have rustled up some department signs to put in this store. A&P did add the "Fresh Obsessed" era aisle markers.

This aisle is like a time warp. I feel like if I stare at this photo long enough, I'll go into a trance!

Bakery and Deli up in the front corner with Customer Service to the left...

This store had a similar layout to the Marlton Super Fresh which you can explore through the years by clicking here.


Photos courtesy fo dougbalt

Big changes coming to this long neglected store!

A newer entrance at this side of the store. We'll exit through a much older version later on.

As of last weekend, the most obvious changes inside are the Quality Built colors going up on the walls. Some work has been done to the backroom area as well. As of now the remodel appears to be minor but it's too early to know for sure. The floors are in desperate need of replacing.

Acme has repainted the cases black throughout the store. This was done during their initial conversions at most acquired locations.

Not sure what's happened to the aisle here on the left but it looks like shelving has been removed or moved.

New stuff here! I have no idea what it is despite zooming in for a closer look.

Work is even being done behind the scenes.

Huge improvements here with nothing more than some fresh paint.

I love the DIY cabinets along the Deli's back wall.

No doubt these registers will be replaced.

Come on Acme... this store needs a new floor!

Older doors with magic carpets on the Customer Service side.

Doug snapped this picture of the shopping center across the street which is the original home of ShopRite and Kmart, both of which relocated to Route 72.


The store first appears in the historic views in 1986. Check out those crowds!

A look at the nearby competition and the stores proximity to LBI. Pathmark was also in the mix on Route 72 but is abandoned. You can check it out by clicking here.

Update 3.24.18: The Kmart closed in September 2017.

Thanks to Doug for getting us photos of the Manahwkin Acme with the renovations underway!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Acmes of Middletown Delaware

Photos courtesy of Jacob V

Location: 460 E Main St, Middletown, DE

The Middletown Acme opened in 2003 as part of a boom of newly constructed stores under the first round of Alberstsons' leadership. The new store replaced a tiny, decades old Acme in town. The Middletown store is one of only four Acmes to have been built with the Theme Park interior, also know by its official name... Grocery Palace. All of that tricked out décor has recently been sent to the dump. The store received a relatively extensive Quality Built remodel with the store layout and décor being dramatically simplified. It's interesting to see how much work Acme put into this store to make it... boring. I'll let you be the judge but I think I prefer the store before the remodel. For all the work that was done, the Theme Park floor was left unchanged aside from patching areas which were scarred from departments being relocated.

A couple supplemental exterior views from google maps which explains the odd perspectives.

The Deli is just to the left of the entrance with Produce to the rear. Huge changes were made in the front of the store where a large Floral Department and Pharmacy were freestanding departments on the sales floor.

Floral was significantly downsized and moved to this area. "Before" photos are included below following our tour of the remodeled store.

Not sure if new blue tile has been put up in the Deli or if the old tile was painted over the previous tile like it was in Willingboro.

Middletown got the stunningly beautiful Bakery display cases! The lighting, the signage, the wood veneer... there are times when Acme knocks it straight out of the park and this is one of them. This area of the Bakery was completely overhauled. Hardwood flooring from the former Wild Harvest aisle extended into the Bakery has been replaced. You can see white tile now extending out from the Charmin display.

Checkerboard flooring in aisle 6 is left over from Health and Beauty which has been moved to a new location.

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE
I've supplemented Jacob's photos with some photos from catnapped on flickr. Between the two of them, we're getting some fanatic tours of the Delaware stores!

You can see the wood paneling remains from the original Meat and Seafood department, simply painted over now. Again, either new tile on the back walls here or it's been painted over.

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE

No more barn above the milk!

The Dairy floor looks like something out of an Atari 2600 game!

Health and Beauty was relocated to the front corner from the grocery aisles. This area used to be, oddly enough, the Shop The World department.

Guess the state and incorporate date are officially back! Well, for the Delaware stores anyway.

The Pharmacy was moved from it's freestanding location just inside the entrance over to the previous home of Customer Service.

Have to ask... why its't "PHARMACY" centered?

Self-checkouts survived!

Signage here probably wasn't updated since the wall would be a mess once the original words were removed.


Acme Markets: Middletown, DE
These are some fun photos from catnapped showing the remodel in progress. The new Customer Service counter being assembled.

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE
The original Deli wall tile seen here.

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE
A ton of work was done to the walls to remove all the previous décor.

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE
You can see the original wall tile in this photo.

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE


Now were jumping back a few years to see the store prior to the Quality Built remodel. These photos are a mix from 2011 and 2015. Some were sent in by Will from flickr. Some others are from an unknown source. I filed them away a long time ago and lost track of who sent them in.

You can see above the Deli the amount of décor that had to be removed from the walls to transition to the simple Quality Built painted walls.

Honestly, I like the Produce Department much better in the "before" photos!

Flooring here was swapped out for plain white tiles.

The Bakery was stripped bare of all its previous décor elements for the remodel...

Repeating this photo just show the significant changes made to this area.

The beverage and snack aisles weren't as tricked out here as they were in Milltown.

I'll miss the barn most of all!

It does make a lot more sense to have Health & Beauty in this corner with Shop the World moved to the grocery aisles.

The Pharmacy is now in the former Customer Service alcove.

You can see the freestanding Floral and Pharmacy Departments in these photos.


Giant is just down the road. I believe Acme was first to arrive in this part of town with Giant following shortly after. Both stores were built between 2002 and 2006.

For a tour of the interior of the Middleton Giant, check out Will's pictures here.




The two former Acmes in shown above.

The Pennington Street store at the top of the photo with the West Green Street store at the bottom.

Location: 12 Pennington Street, Middleton, DE
Opened: January 29, 1953
Closed: January 15, 1963


Location: 17 West Green Street, Middleton, DE
Opened: January 16, 1963
Exact closing date unknown but was likely
the day before the new store opened.

Last seen in 2002 in the historic images. Torn down and replaced by 2006...

Acme Markets: Middletown, DE

Thanks to all our contributors for brining extensive coverage of the Middletown Acme!