Saturday, January 21, 2017

Grand Reopenings!!!



Friday, January 20, 2017

Acme – Dover, Delaware

Photo above courtesy of Will from B-More Retail on flickr

Location: 1001 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE

Exterior evening photos and the tour of the interior courtesy of Gary A. 

Another long-awaited Acme makes it to the blog! I hate to admit it but Gary sent in these pictures two years ago and I have been meaning to get them up ever since. There is a huge back log of photos in the Acme Style inbox and I do tend to loose track. Sometimes I postpone posting pictures if I'm not in the right mind-set to post a particular store. Sounds crazy but I've gotta be feeling a store to get it up on the blog! 

I believe there are only three other Acmes to have this exact exterior treatment... Hockessin, Ogletown and the long-gone Acme in Turnersville, New Jersey. Stores like Downingtown are nearly identical to these just without the greenhouse-style vestibule.

The very first time I saw this store was back in the early 90's. Wound up passing it on my way to Ocean City, Maryland for vacation. Nearly drove off the road! I had never seen an Acme like it before. At the time, the red oval logo was on the front of the store and the greenhouse-style vestibule was all clear glass and wide open on the inside. It has since been covered over with apples, drop ceiling added inside and walls added to create an interior alcove. Not nearly as much fun as it used to be! The interior of the store had the 80's Remodel, although it hadn't been remodeled. It was built with the décor. (If memory serves me right, this was a replacement store for a 33M model just up the road. That store was abandoned with the 80's Remodel clearly seen through the front windows. The building appears to be gone now.) Upon entering this store, I couldn't believe how bit and beautiful it was! I think I walked around the whole place with my jaw on the floor. Acme had built other stores in the late 80's about this size with the same layout but I had never been in one. A HUGE difference from the 8 to 10 aisle stores I had been familiar with up until that point. 

So let's head inside to see how the store looks today! Assuming it hasn't had any major changes in the late two years.

Here's a shot of the right side of the vestibule. (We started to head into the left side). You can see the wall and drop ceiling that have been added since the store was built. Just a plain old vestibule now. 

This store had the deluxe Premium Fresh and Healthy version 2 remodel in recent years. We're going to get an exclusive look at the previous décor package in this post was well. 

All new flooring throughout. While the layout is virtually identical to the stores built during the 90's, these late 80's/very early 90's stores didn't have the windows and arched ceilings in Produce. 

The fresh cut fruit section was moved to the side wall. You can see the signage under "fruits & vegetables". The former Fruit Bar is now the Salad Bar, as you will see after the "before" photo.



The Industrial Circus décor was certainly busy décor, especially when compared to what replaced it. 

Nice, streamlined center aisle! 

The short-lived store directories. Only seen in the first two versions of the PF&H remodels.

Looks like "EGGS • JUICE" was installed before "dairy". No room made for the descender on the "y".  Wow, that's hard to look at. 

The "y" done right along this wall! 


Customer Service is in the front corner. 

One thing missing from the remodel here is the drum lights in frozen and along the front-end. 

An alcove for newspapers and magazines in what used to be a completely open vestibule. I wonder if Customer Service was ever in this spot. Seems like a better location than where it is now.


The Dover Acme is still its original size. 






A lot of changes here over the last six decades!

Thanks to Will for the first photo and Gary for all the rest, especially the thorough interior tour! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Reset at Edgewater Acme!

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

So the reset was completed here months ago but I never got a chance to circle back. Nothing too Earth shattering happened but there are a few interesting changes to see. Overall, the reset turned out nicely. The household and HABA department resets turned out to be a little disappointing but the rest of the store was a solid success. Interesting to see that Acme restored paper products along the wall of aisle 1. A signature location in Pathmark for decades. A&P moved them to the back of the store a few years ago during one of the many resets this store endured over the last 10 years.

This is a huge fail. All that bug and roach spray right next to the napkins? I don't like it. The sprays should go to the end of the aisle with hardware with lightbulbs relocated to this spot.

A big change from the Pathamark days... bread, and PB&J now along the back wall leading to the Bakery.

Brand-new black shelving in the health food department. The shelves were made higher bringing in better selection throughout the department. Pathmark's signage still remains hanging from the ceiling.

Acme definitely stepped up the selection for the dry goods but left the dairy case in this department with even less selection than Pathmark.

Cerial, coffee and tea in aisle 1. It's gonna take some time getting used to this.

Seasonal was moved from Pathmark's double wide aisle 17 over to aisles 11 and 12. Here we now have a half double-wide aisle.

Greeting cards moved from the household side of the store over to grocery. Had to make room for all of that bread over there!

They tricked me! When I first reported on the reset, I thought Pathmark's doube wide aisle was being removed as they were installing new shelving down the center. Turns out, Acme shifted the double-wide aisle over one aisle. Water runs along the right and chips along the left. Pathmark used their double-wide aisle for seasonal and a revolving selection of featured items and deals.

We saw this same double-wide aisle set-up at the newly remodeled Audubon store. Check it out here.

The next step Acme needs to take here is to replace the tile around the perimeter of the store. The flooring in the aisles is in good shape but the perimeter, especially around the entrance, is a mess. Would also love to see the faux hardwood flooring go into Produce. I'm surprised Acme hasn't done this yet since they have been doing it in other stores and all signs are that Edgewater is a top performing A&P/Pathmark conversion.