For those who had seen this post on Tuesday and wondered where it went... it was pulled due to inaccurate information. I had reported this as a former Acme Market. Evidence to the contrary was quickly sent in by a reliable and helpful Acme Style fan. Since I didn't have time to restructure the post, I took it down due to Acme Style's 100% Accuracy Guarantee Policy. It's back now as the "Not a former Acme, Ridgewood NJ" post. At this point I am not sure if Ridgewood ever had an Acme but it does have this very interesting Kings Market. Turns out it was built as a Food Fair and later became a Finast. Unfortunately this Kings does not meet Acme Style's stringent requirements for "Bonus Store" status so it will live on here as a not-former-acme.
Now this was a great find! The emergency exit map in the back corner of the store. Take a close look at the back room space... there isn't any! Kings lengthened most of the aisles into what was originally the back room and the meat room. This store does have a basement which Kings must be using for nearly all of it's storage. The size of the store is virtually identical to Acmes built throughout the 50's. It's quite fascinating to see how Kings has taken such a small store and had merchandised it to it's fullest potential. Produce, Bakery and Deli all appear to be exceptional departments. There is full service Seafood along the back wall with the meat cases. This area of the store has been pushed all the way to the back wall of the building. There is a drop ceiling throughout this area that does make it feel like your in the back room.
You can see how this aerial shot had me pretty convinced that this was in fact a former Acme.
Here you can see the relatively new Super Stop and Shop one block away. The store is definitely the smallest Stop and Shop to be called "Super". There appears to be a basement in the store and the Pharmacy is located on the second floor which can be accessed by an elevator. From the information I received about the Kings, this site was formally occupied by a Grand Union which appears to have been torn down and replaced by a new Stop and Shop.