Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Another visit to Wilkes Barre!

Location: 372 South Main Street, Wilkes Barre PA

The updates keep coming for the former pitched-roof Acmes of Wilkes Barre, PA. The South Main Street store, which is now a Volunteers of America Thrift Store, is undergoing an exterior makeover. The store first made an appearance on the blog as part of the Wyoming Valley Tour back in 2009. Photos for the tour were provided by James of the Wyoming Valley Blog. James was kind enough to send in the pictures seen here of the former Wilkes Barre Acme in deconstruction mode. We had an extensive tour of this location last October thanks to Ross K. You can visit that post by clicking here. The interior is very interesting as it still has many elements of the Checkerboard Arch decor still in place. Quite remarkable since this is has had three different tenants since the Acme left. If you scroll through that post, you'll also see the pitched-roof over on Route 309 being deconstructed. Now, more of the South Street store...

Before and after...

Have to wonder if the interior Acme sign is still up. Fascinating to see how the mansard rough was attached to the facade.. 

Thanks to James for sending these in! You'll want to check out James' pictures of the Pittston store. A pitched-roof model which is now Quinns Market. To this day, elements of the Checkerboard Arch decor remain in place at that store as well, as does the interior pitched-roof. Click here to have a look! 


  1. Interesting... joshaustin610 just made another visit to the Wilkes-Barre area yesterday. Coincidence? His new photos led to me finding this: http://wyomingvalleyphotos.blogspot.com/2012/03/quinns-food-market-roof-line.html

  2. Not sure what you're implying. These photos were sent in from James weeks ago. I discovered his update on Quinn's Market yesterday when I was preparing this post. So, yeah... coincidence.

  3. I'm really glad I got those pictures of the Penn Plaza store over the summer! If I had waited another year most of the original Acme exterior would have been gone. I had no idea when I visited this store back in July that Save-A-Lot was planning on moving in next door and the shopping center was going to be remodeled. I just hope they leave the inside untouched. It truly is spectacular that its been in almost original condition for the 18 years since Acme left. I'm hoping that this summer I'll be able to get some pictures of the old Pittston Acme to send in. That store is amazing. It's right across the street from the Susquehanna River, and miraculously made it through all of September's catastrophic flooding unscathed, with only the parking lot flooding. The CVS across the parking lot, though, wasn't so lucky.

  4. When I was up that way on Monday, I did stop in the Pittston CVS since that's where I took the Quinn's picture; they still had "now open" signs up. The pharmacy was gutted and remodeled, and the carpets, coolers, and front counter was all brand new (the photo lab was replaced with just a counter for digital pictures, but that may have happened prior). The kid at the register said they were closed for two and a half months, meaning they reopened around December.