Friday, February 24, 2017

 
News Break: 
"IS ACME STUMBLING IN THE
NORTH JERSEY MARKET?" 

An article at The Food Institute Blog addresses this very question. Most of the article discusses Acme's apparent job-cutting plans and the company's trouble winning over shoppers from ShopRite and Stop and Shop. I can tell you that Acme's skyrocketing prices certainly aren't helping. I've been a loyal Acme shopper since the chain returned to North Jersey but have been so sticker shocked over the past few month, I now only buy items that are on sale. You know how they say... the more things change, the more they stay the same? Well Acme seems to be hindered by the same problem that has plagued them for decades, regardless of who's running the company... completely out of touch with the prices of its competitors and unwilling to do anything about it other than to close stores. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Store Count


The following Acme has closed:

BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY


Location: 2200 Mount Holly Road, Burlington, NJ 


This store was scheduled to close on February 16th. I don't have confirmation if it closed that exact date or a little earlier. The store was done in by an expanded Walmart in the same shopping center and a new ShopRite which opened in 2015 just down the road. For additonal coverage of the two former Burlington Acmes please click here

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Original Point Pleasant Acme!


Classic photo courtesy of Mike D. 

Location: 505 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

A real treat today with a look at the original Point Pleasant Beach Acme! While this location has been discussed on blog, the store has not made an appearance... until now. 


Foodtown took over this locations years after Acme relocated. Mike believes Foodtown moved in sometime in the 70's with Stop and Shop taking over the space in 2011. Funny to think Acme could have stayed here and survived all of those years itself. It's been reported on the blog that the replacement store, just 9 blocks down Richmond Ave, was never very successful.

AERIAL IMAGES







POINT PLEASANT'S NEW ACME >>>


Photos courtesy of Lew

Location: 1513 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ


Course it's been long closed now but if you haven't already stepped inside, you can do so now by clicking here!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

THIS JUST IN >>>

RACHEL RAY SURPRISES
SHOPPERS AT
WEEHAWKEN ACME
WITH FREE GROCERIES!


To watch the video, please click here. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day at the Weehawken Acme!



Location: 4100 Park Avenue, Weehawken, NJ

The Weehawken Acme is pretty serious about Valentine's Day! Beautiful displays along the front end.  Tons of balloons available at every register and a massive selection of fresh flowers. Unfortunately someone forgot to check the seasonal aisle where the whole section of Valentine's candy is completely trashed. 


Register 5 has been converted to Lover's Lane!

Former Acme – Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ



Location: 2303 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 

Continuing with coverage of the former Acmes of Edison. This store on Woodbridge Avenue was Edison's only pitched-roof store. The location opened September 18, 1963. Closing date unknown but it appears to have survived through 1987. 


The pitched-roof building extends past the awning for the neighboring strip of stores. This section could have been easily walled off and made into a separate store if Family Dollar hadn't extended all the way over. 


Heading around back with no scars along this side of the store. All delivery doors appear to have been along the opposite side. 


This store was so small, the second floor housed the compressor room only. You can see scars for the break room along the first floor.


Judging from the aerial photos, this flat-roof section was here during the Acme days. It can be seen as far back as 1979.




Several spots in the store with missing tiles and yes, I could see the pitched-roof! I figured it wouldn't show up in pictures but I gave it a shot anyway.


The second floor to the rear of the store can be seen inside!






Support beams for the second floor which you wouldn't have seen in the Acme. This would have all been back room space.


No other Acme clues to be found in the rest of the store.


Acme's lights are still in the parking lot!

AERIAL VIEWS









HISTORIC VIEWS


2002
Only a few historic views since the quality of the other available years is absolutely terrible.


1987


1979

Former Acme – Route 27, Edison, New Jerey



Location: 1769 Lincoln Hwy, Edison, NJ


The other Edison Acme that I was having trouble tracking down until comments came in on Friday confirming the location. Our tour toady is courtesy of google maps. Not really worth a trip since there isn't a whole lot to see. This location opened November 4, 1959. The building is now home to Island Spa and Sauna and a portion of Cathay Bank. You can check out the dramatic interior of the spa by clicking here


A few clues left along the back including the break room windows up on the second floor. They can be seen a little more clearly in the aerial photos below. 

AERIAL VIEWS


Significant work being done to the shopping center when this image was taken. You can see in the google street views that both the facades and parking lot where dramatically improved.









HISTORIC IMAGES


2012


2002


1995


1987
Was this store remodeled during the 80's? Judging from the amount of cars around the Acme, there's a pretty good chance it was.


1979


1963


1957