Classic images courtesy of trex354
Location: 63 North Union Avenue, Lansdowne PA
An Acme Style first... a pitched-roof store with the red-oval logo. I've never seen one in person and this is the only one I've ever seen in pictures. The red oval logo doesn't always guarantee that the 80's remodel happened on the inside but if I had to guess I would say this store did get the remodel. This store opened in December 1966 and lasted until 2005. Judging from the parking lot in the aeiral shots over the decades, the place had a pretty good run. Even outlasted a larger more modern competitor just steps. (We'll get to that later) The Lansdowne Acme also outlived the 33M model about 2 miles south in the Yeadon Plaza.
The classic pictures seen here were sent in by trex354 quite a long time ago. I try to keep some treasures in the vault as long as I can to keep things interesting around here. Truth be told... I kinda lost track of this place and was pretty excited to discover the pictures again. The Lansdowne store is a rare sight. As I've mentioned in the past, I never saw a pitched-roof store with the 80's remodel. I did see one in the early 90's with the Checkerboard Arch decor (the former Smyrna, Delaware store) but I'm about 99.9% sure it had a drop ceiling at the time.
Some pitched-roof stores had the blue windows seen above. Were these stores built this way or was the blue added later? From the outside, the windows looks rather opaque possibly blocking all view and most of the exterior light.
And today the store is...
But this is not a case of SuperValue killing an Acme to bring in Save a Lot. The Acme closed prior to SuperValu purchasing Albertsons/Acme in June 2006.
Save a lot takes up about 3/4 of the building. The left side of the store, which would have been the Acme's frozen food and dairy departments, appears to be empty.
Notice the single door to the right side. Surprisingly, it was like that back in the Acme days...
Only one produce receiving door with an unusually narrow back room at this side of the store (assuming the layout here was similar to the standard pitched-roof model). Nearly all stores that had a door here had two doors. You can compare the set up here with that of the Clayton store by clicking here.
Pretty decent conversion of the exteriror. Let's have a look inside...
Entrance and exit doors with very small produce case along the right wall. Fresh offerings are extremely limited at Sav a lot.
This was my first visit to a Sav a Lot. Can't say I would go back anytime soon.
Products are stacked in the cases they came in. Saves labor hours for stocking shelves to help keep prices low.
Up for some aerial views of the situation...
Interesting delivery dock situation here. No room along the back of the store so they had to stick it out of the side. Below is an image from trex354 showing the Acme trailers backed up for unloading...
In the upper right hand corner, you'll see the abandoned Super Fresh store. Bigger, more modern than the Acme but in this case the Acme proved to be the stronger of the two.
Former Super Fresh image courtesy of JoshAustin
The image above is from JoshAustin610's flickr collection. He reports that the store started out as an A&P and was eventually converted to a Super Fresh which closed in 2001. Acme wins this round! But look who's coming to town next...
Giant arrived in 2004. Acme managed to hang on until 2005, making it one of the longest surviving, pitched-roof stores in the chain. Nearly untouched from it's first day just like the Clayton store.
A slightly smaller store compared to the average size store that Giant is building these days.
Looks like the Acme was still getting a healthy crowd back in 2002.
Super Fresh had called it quits the year before. Hard to believe they couldn't beat out Acme with a bigger store and roomier parking lot. Maybe there's more to the story here.
In the last satellite photo available with the Acme still in business, Giant had yet to arrive.
Jumping back 2 decades here... Acme looks like it was the place to be! One of our first looks at pitched-roof store that could have used a bigger parking