Sea Isle City pictures courtesy of Rob Ascough
Second to last stop on the Jersey Shore Tour... Sea Isle City! One of the few classic 50's Acme still in existence. Also one of the smallest Acmes around. This place is an absolute goldmine in the summer months and has no competition in the area.
I'll never forget the first time I saw this type of sign on a store. It was way back in the early to mid 90's. I couldn't believe this was Acme's new logo. Especially since it's not much of a logo and seemed like such a step backwards after the company's iconic fish-eye logo and red oval logo. The signage would be a million times better if the colors were reversed as is commonly seen on the street signage. You can check out an example here at the Clayton store.
Produce alcove. Most likely added during the 70's remodel. I haven't been to this store myself so I can't make the call for sure but 50's stores usually weren't built with an alcove. It may have even been added later than that according to the Produce sign on the wall. If you look through the palm trees you'll see that the letters are from the Checkerboard Arch decor package but are painted brown. This store also has a unique tile pattern on the floor. Palm trees are used as decor throughout the store.
A very unusual aspect of this Acme is the incredibly low ceiling. Acmes of the 50's generally had extremely high ceilings, even in very small stores. The aisle markers were most likely taken out of a closed store and put here. They look gigantic.
This shot has already been seen in the 70's Colonial Decor collection. Amazingly, the type treatment on the wall remains after all of these years.
Looks as though this store doesn not have a fully functioning Meat Department. The meat case is quite small and appears to only have prepackage products. Like the Deli, the meat signage is left over from the 70's. "Lancaster Brand Meats" which was usually spread across the entire back wall of stores, is very small here. Check out the pickle barrel in the lower left-hand corner! You don't see those around too often these days.
Like other small Jersey Shore stores, the sidewalk is closed in to allow for additional merchandise in the summer months.
Rob got this interesting shot here to show that the Acme is a separate building from the others in the strip.
The parking spots were angled in the 70's.
Huge parking lot but this one actually gets filled in the summer.
Check out the crowds in the summer!