Classic photos courtesy of John from WISL1480.com
Vandals did not attack the sign! The destruction you see here was done on purpose. Bi Lo Foods was preparing to mount their sign OVER the old Acme sign. You can see the bar along the top that was installed to hold the new sign. Hard to believe they left the old Acme sign otherwise intact. As you will see below, parts of the Acme sign are still visible after Bi Lo took over. But before we check that out... let's take a look at the Acme sign fully restored...
All fixed!A little help with Photoshop and the classic fish-eye logo sign... the finest of all grocery store signs ever... is back to its original beauty.
And the Bi Lo is open. Old Acme sign peaking out from behind the new sign. Bi Lo took over this site after its parent company, Penn Traffic, purchased 45 Acme locations in 1995. John tells me very little was done to the interior before Bi Lo opened.
Photo courtesy of JoshAustin610's flickr collection
Josh reports that this store was a replacement for the 50's style store in Shamokin. You can view an image of that store by clicking here. And be sure to check out a photo of the very first Shamokin Acme by clicking here. Thanks to Josh for the tip that these photos were in his collection. He got a sneak peak at this post when it was accidentally published ahead of schedule.
You can see the former Shamokin store, now home to an Ace Hardware, on the left with the 70's replacement store just a bit down Route 61 on the right.
The former Acme/Bi Lo/BRL Grocery Outlet is currently home of a Buy Rite Liquidators. Satelite images for the area are limited. The building sits down a slight hill behind some other buildings along Route 61 and cannot be seen from the street view on google maps.
Coverage of this former Acme will continue. John will be getting some additional pictures of the store to share with us. He is also donating his collection of Acme memorabilia to Acme Style! We'll be checking out those items in the coming months.