Location: 6 Main Street, Madison, NJ
After traveling out to the former Acme in Chatham, I headed 2 miles west on Main Street to the former Acme of Madison. Opened in November 1953. Virtually nothing remains today that would indicate an Acme ever having been here. We'll also be taking a look at some other interesting food stores in Madison.
Must have been nice having the basement exposed in the back. Deliveries here didn't have to go down just to come back up again.
Not much to see here over the years...
Two other stores in Madison warranted a mention since they both have interesting architectual characteristics...
First up is the Madison Stop and Shop. Located at 133 Main Street and also located sort of underneath another building. Very strange set up here. The S&S appears to have started out as another grocery store, smaller in size to what's seen here today. Probably began as an Edwards. The construction company there in the back had existed here before the store was built but did not have any buildings of its own. Guess they decided since a store was being built down below, they'd put some buildings on top of it.
According the the historic aerial images, the whole contraption was erected sometime between 1987 and 1995. In 2002 it had yet to be expanded into it's current Stop and Shop form.
And now onto 222 Main Street...
The Madison Whole Foods. A realatively small store in comparison to others in the chain. May have begun its healthy life as a Wild Oats like the one in Montclair. That location is even smaller. Check out the barrel roof portion of the building. That section began as an A&P. The ceiling inside is now exposed making for an interesting atmosphere in the store.
Big addition add by 1987. Was this still an A&P at this point? Did the expansion and remodel contribute to the closing of the Chatham Acme located a mile away? Hmmmm...