Location: 714 Taylor Avenue, Manasquan NJ
Can you believe an Acme like this still exists? I genreally don't show stores that are still open on this blog but couldn't pass this one up. As far as I know, this is the last Acme to still have this sign. It's located in Manasquan New Jersey, very close to the shore. Just about a 15 minute ride down from the abandoned Acme in Belmar. Not sure when this store was built but this exact style of Acme was built in several locations including Belmar, New Providence and in the Philly suburbs.
Plenty of "No Loitering" signs. Clearly a problem at this store. When I was there on a sunny Saturday afternoon, there were all sorts of shady characters hanging out on the right side of the store.
It appears that some sort of restoration work has been done on this sign. The colors are too vibrant to have lasted all these years, especially in the salty shore air. Looks like the colored sections have been carefully repainted. Hopefully this summer I will get a picture after dark with the sign lit up.
Here's what the wall decor looks like. I believe this look was rolled out in the early 90's. It was commonly put up in stores that had the 80's remodel but needed a bit of refreshing. I think it was inspired by the 80's checkerboard floor which remained in stores that had these wall treatments put in. It was also similar to the 80's look with the arches on either side of the department name. I will be posting pics of the mid-80's look in a later entry. The other departments had different color combos of the painted tiles but were not nearly as striking as the blue and green combination seen here. I was in several Acmes in the 90's that had this blue and green look throughout the whole store rather than different colors for the various departments.
This store appears to have never had a full scale remodel. The 70's produce floor is still intact! Wasn't sure if I would ever see this again. (See below) The layout of the store has been virtually unaltered over the years. The Customer Service Dept and office are still intact. Most stores had these areas removed or closed in for the 80's remodel with a customer service stands added to the front of the stores. Funny thing about this store is that the bread is no longer located under the "Bakery" wall graphics in the last aisle. The dairy cases have been expanded into this section as well as shelving for other products, but no baked goods.
I refer to this as the "Faux blue and red slate tile floor" in other posts. The rest of the store has been re-tiled in all white. Gone are the red and brown Meat Dept tiles and the gold and brown Bakery aisle tiles. Thankfully they decided to leave the old produce floor. One of Acme's best design elements... ever.
The Acme clock... with "fish-eye" logo still intact! Cell phone pic so it's not a great one.
Live Maps snapped a pic of this are before the awning of the store was recovered in blue.