While the "Chalkboard Market" decor brought a bit of class and sophistication to Acme, the "Industrial Circus" brought back some much needed fun! Bold colors and even bolder wall graphics were the main ingredients to this look... a favorite here at Acme Style. I think this look captures the personality of Acme much better than the last few rounds of decor. To me this look is on par with the "Checkerboard Arches".
Once again, I'm not too sure about the time line here. This look did originate with Albertsons and it was used in alot of remodels in the early 2000's and possibly as far back as the late 90's. I don't think there were any stores built with this look. From what I can tell Acme was on to a whole new look when they started building new and replacement stores in the early to mid 2000's.
Sometimes Produce. Sometimes Farmstand. Farmstand would win out in later decor packages.
Big departure for Acme here with the rich bold colors on the walls and an almost overload of graphic accents.
The Princeton Junction store received a scaled back version of the decor (pardon the pole). Their department signage wasn't as big and fancy compared to other stores... yet still a great looking store. And props to the employees of Princeton Junction for keeping their store in tip top shape all the way to the end.
My favorite part of this decor is the faux corrugated steel. It was used in the department signage and aisle markers. "Lancaster Brand" got hit with a shrink ray but at least it's still there!
Check out the tiles on the Deli Department walls. So much color and bold signage it's kinda hard for the merchandise to get any attention. Cases and light fixtures all went black in these stores.
Two different stores here both with the deluxe versions. Yep, those are floor tiles on the walls. I love the columns with the black and white tops... very unusual.
Take note of those green lights on the wall... they reappear in a later decor that will be featured in an upcoming post. That decor makes the circus look... a little boring.
There were several aisle marker designs for this decor package. The one here made into most stores. Sort of limiting with only four categories hanging from each sign.
Pretty dramatic signage hanging over Frozen Foods. The over-the-top graphic nature of this decor is looking a little dated now. These days the trend is sleak and minimal favoring all lower case letters for logos and signage. Acme makes that very switch in their latest decor package to be seen here soon!
This is the Norristown store. Formally a Super G which explains the strange layout. Very nice interior. (I was never a fan of Super G and was glad to see them go.)
So far... the is the most seen decor in all of the older stores I have been in. It's definetly a favorite of mine. I think this decor fits Acme's personality perfectly. A personality that they have tried to change over the years which has done nothing but chase customers away. Back in the 70's and 80's, Acme was your-wacky-store for groceries. They carried unusual merchandise and had the most crazy %off sales each week that had people flocking to their stores. Now all they seem to have is 10 for $10... which just about every other grocery store has as well. Acme needs to do something... anything... to separate itself from the crowd. If nothing else... I think this decor helps to do the job!