Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Quality Built Coming to Edgewater!


Location: 481 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ
Opened as an Acme on October 9, 2015 


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.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Acme – Park Ridge, New Jersey

ACME HAS RETURED TO 
KINDERMACK ROAD

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
Photos courtesy of Dan Asnis' flickr collection

Location: 199 Kinderkamack Rd, Park Ridge, NJ
Opened as an Acme on October 16, 2015

Finally... the post that got zapped back on
March 22nd has been recreated! 

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
Acme's original location in this area was just down the street in Montvale. Acme and A&P were competitors here dating back to at least 1964. That's the first year A&P shows up in the historic aerial images. Not sure of its exact opening date. The A&P evolved numerous times over the decades but met it's ultimate demise in October 2015 when Acme took it over! 

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
Interesting situation here... the Pharmacy is a completely separate store next door and can only be accessed from the front entrance. The two stores are not connected on the inside.

UPDATE 6.12.16: The store IS connected on the inside!  JoshAustin610 left this comment...
The pharmacy's actually the opposite of the way you've described; there's an opening to get into that section from the main store, while the door pictured is only used as a fire exit. I'm guessing it was an independent pharmacy A&P acquired at some point.

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
One shot of the inside of the Pharmacy. Dan took these pictures back on February 25 so I'm not sure of the state of A&P's Funky Fresh interior décor and layout. The Quality Built remodels are currently being rolled out at a maddening pace.

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
Heading into the main store...

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
Acme put in all new lighting in the store prior to reopening. The ceiling was also painted white throughout.

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
This store has the awful layout that was part of A&P's Funky Fresh remodel. I'm sure on paper it seemed like a cutting edge idea... reconfiguring the store with mini-departments. Problem was shopping in this layout was absolutely awful. This store wasn't broken up with as many mini-departtments as larger stores were.

BEFORE...

Here's a look at the same are of thew store prior to Acme reopening.

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
The wall décor product shots are done in the shape of A&P's various logos over the years.

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ
I believe Acme replaced all the registers here. They look like the ones Acme has been using in recent years although I'm not sure what A&P was using for these remodels.

Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ

A&P Park Ridge, NJ
A couple of "before" exterior shots...

A&P Park Ridge, NJ


This photo has been seen on the blog a few times now. It's absolutely brilliant!



Acme/Former A&P Park Ridge, NJ


AERIAL VIEWS


The aerial view reveals the evolution of the A&P as the awnings from previous models of the store remain visible.


The former Acme just a stone's throw away!



Location: Location: 20 Kinderkamack Road, Montvale, New Jersey

This classic photo appeared on the blog on March 6, 2015 as a mystery store. I had no idea of the location but it was soon revealed in the comments to be the former store in Montvale. Acme closed here back in the 70's when they shut down a bunch of stores in North Jersey with no warning. 


The building has since been expanded and has been divided into smaller stores, including CVS.


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1953

HISTORIC AERIALS


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1953