Photos courtesy of Ben from Delaware
Location: 236 East Glenwood Ave, Smyrna DE
Thanks to Ben, we headed back to Delaware! This store may look familiar as it's a virtual twin to the Centreville store in Maryland. The layout is flipped here and this store appears to be smaller. The interior, thankfully, is not a match to the Centreville store. Smyrna has the deluxe Premium Fresh and Healthy remodel which is a little surprising considering how new the store is. Not sure what decor package it started out with.
This store was a replacement to a pitched-roof model just across the street. Prior to starting this blog, it was one of only three pitched-roof stores I experienced while still an Acme. We'll get a look at the former store down below.
Let's take a look inside the current Smyrna Acme...
This must have been an early PF&H remodel as the bones of the former decor package appear to have been completely removed. The interior here, with the exception of the color scheme, more closely resembles a newly built PF&H store, such as Limerick, rather than a remodeled store like the Seaville NJ location.
Look closely above the ala carte station and you can see the warehouse styled ceiling. This store most likely had the Alberston's Marketplace decor prior to the remodel.
Done with the new. Let's visit the old...
Location: 115 Glenwood Ave, Smyrna DE
Opened in March 1962. I stumbled on this location back in the early 90's, spotting the rear of the store from Route 13. Wasn't even sure if it was an Acme but had to stop to see. The only thing I remember for sure is that the interior had the Checkerboard Arch decor. I'm almost 100% sure that the store had a drop ceiling a the time. The front may have also looked as it does today. I don't recall seeing many of the pitched-roof store features I was hoping to see when I pulled of off Route 13 for a visit.
The Power City looks to be closed with the building abandoned at the time of Ben's photos.
Some seriously old-school parking lot lights.
And of course the old Acme windows up on the second floor where the break room and bathrooms would have been located.
An addition to the left side added after the Acme moved across the street. In fact, according to the aerial shots, this expansion occurred after 2006.
Love the parking lot here. Oddly the the store was built to face away from busy Route 13.
The old and the new...
Smyrna, like many other Delaware locations, seems to be going strong these days.
The old store looking abandoned here and having yet to receive the addition to the left side.
Shinny and new back in 2002.
The next available historical aerial view shows an Acme-less Smyrna.