Tuesday, December 20, 2011

 Former Acme Pick of the Day!

Location: 676 Lincoln Highway, Fairless Hills PA

You are NOT looking at a former Acme! The 50's/early60's flat-roofed model that existed on this site is to the left side of the church. I get a lot of emails about this one being a former pitched-roof which certainly makes sense. A closer look reveals, however, that the building is far too large and tall to have ever been a pitched-roof Acme. Additionally, the piteched-roof stores were not paired with the giant sign towers you see on the right. The signs were discontinued along with the flat-roofed 50's models. 

Upon my visit here, I thought that the former Acme stood right where the church is now. It wasn't until I returned did some aerial research that I discovered the Acme building is still standing next door. Thing is, from the ground you would never know the other building was an Acme. It's been converted to two stories and has a new facade disguising any evidence of it's origins. Unfortunately, I didn't take any shots of that building because there wasn't much to see. Plus, I was a little too distracted by the former Acme sign... 

The aerial images tell a more complete story compared to what's now seen on the ground...

The weathered grey roofs are the former Acme and what appears to have been a small store next door. We'll see in the historical images that the property that a strip mall may have been planned but never came to fruition. 

If you look closely through the trees to the right you can see the 2nd floor break room and bathroom windows. No way to tell from here if any delivery doors or docks are still intact. 

Heading back in time...


Looks as though construction is wrapping up on the church here.

The grassy area extending to the top of the photo seems to suggest more stores were planned for this property. Looks as though just one additional store was built just to the left of the Acme. I don't have information on when this Acme opened or when it closed. 

Another 50's Acme with a mind-bloggling amount of parking. 




  1. This was store 1743, Fallsington Center, Fallsington, PA which opened in August 1960, even though the design was more 1958. It was open throughout the 1960's, benefitting from the Morrisville fire which closed that store from March 1966 until the new store opened in Aug 1967. This store closed when the nearby Clover Supermarket was acquired in the 1970's from Strawbridge & Clothier and was converted to an Acme Market.

  2. Thanks for the info Bill! Where was the Clover Supermarket/Acme located? There was an interesting shopping center with a Pathmark just up Lincoln Highway. A very old abandoned store to the rear of the center. No clues as to what it could have been.

  3. The abandoned store on Lincoln Hwy (in Fairless Hills) was a 60s Shop-Rite, which became one of the first Pathmarks in 1968; it relocated to the other end of the center in 1994. Eckerd was briefly in part of the store while it's new store in the parking lot was being built, but other than that it's been vacant.

    The former Clover/ Acme was closer to Morrisville, right where Rt. 1 splits off into Lincoln Hwy and Trenton Ave; it's a self storage place now.

  4. Thanks Josh! I had that self storage place on my list the day I was down there but completely forgot about it. I was wondering what the large building next to it could have been.

  5. The smaller building at the original site was a Norge laundromat

  6. ther was another old acme with the giant sign in bensalem township Nottingham section near rt 1 and street road 232 i lived in bensalem 22 yrs ago saw the sign but never saw a store