Location: 515 Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, NJ
Since we've been taking frequent trips down memory lane lately, I'd thought I put a relatively new store up on the blog. Also thought it would be nice to see a newer Acme that's doing well rather than being closed and abandoned. Add to all of that... an Acme that goes head to head with ShopRite and continues to survive! Opened since August 2003 with ShopRite setting up shop just across the street four years later. More details about that below.
I wound up passing by this Acme completely by accident on one of my road trips. These newer models don't often make my list since my goal is to present the more classic locations on the blog. The photo tour of this store is not as extensive as I usually try to do. Many interior shots are a bit blurry as I was trying to get in and out as quickly as possible.
While the Acme's official address is Sicklerville the entryway says New Gloucester Township.
Albertsons Marketplace decor. Not a favorite among Acme Style Blog readers. It's very hit or miss for me. Here it is looking quite nice. This store is also immaculately clean and perfectly stocked. I've been in many stores in the past few months with very poorly stocked shelves. Commenters have pointed out that this was due to SuperValu's cost cutting measures. These measures are expected to be reversed under the new ownership.
Blue light boxes are not lit up.
Look like Wild Harvest bit the dust here. The hard-wood flooring would indicate that the department was originally located here but is now home to discount row.
The floor looks brand new.
The shelves were as perfectly stocked as this Entenmann's display.
Nice signage in the Health and Beauty department. This sign package doesn't appear in many stores.
The signage does a really nice job distinguishing this department from the rest of the store.
Check out stand lights have been turned to face out. "Gotta Love Great Deals" signage in place rather than national brand advertising. A HUGE improvement!
Impressive crowd when this shot was taken.
The Acme at 8200 Roosevelt Avenue in Philadelphia has this same exterior, as does the former Acme on Island Avenue.
ShopRite directly across the street. While it does have more cars in this image than Acme, it is rare to see an Acme nearly as busy as a neighboring ShopRite.
This store began it's life as a SuperG in the 90's. In 2005, it was converted to a Super Stop and Shop along with eight other SuperG's in South Jersey, when Ahold eliminated the SuperG banner. After the banner change failed to ignite sales, Stop and Shop pulled the plug on all nine stores in 2007 and sold them off to ShopRite. You can see a list of these stores on Stop and Shop's website by clicking here.
That's one seriously crowded Acme!
2002Back in the SuperG days.
To finish up this post, I thought I would put together a list of the newly built Albertston-era stores. The list includes locations that were built until 2006 when SuperValu acquired Acme.. I believe I have them all here. While a handful of the locations were replacement stores, Wildwood is the only location where the new store was built in the exact spot as the old. It was pretty much a guaranteed success. Other locations... not so lucky. (Click on stores in blue to jump to their post here on the blog)
Cape May Court House
Clifton – Pharmacy closed
Freehold, Mount Corners – CLOSED
Freehold, Route 9
Marlboro – CLOSED
Millville – CLOSED
Moorestown – CLOSED
Milltown – Pharmancy closed
Philadelphia, 7010 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, 1901 Johnston St
Philadelphia, 8200 Roosevelt Ave
Philadelphia, Island Ave – CLOSED (now a ShopRite)
West Chester – CLOSED
Please note: I do not publish comments discussing rumors or speculation of specific store closings.