Location: 1161 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA
Now arriving on Acme Style, the second of the two Acmes that are closing for good next Thursday, if not sooner. The Westtown store has been in service for about 25 years now, having replaced an older store 2 miles south on Wilmington Pike. This was a rare location that opened with the 80's remodel decor. As I've mentioned before on the blog, Acme spent the mid to late 80's focusing on remodels and expansions of existing locations with construction of new and/or replacement stores at a minimum. I haven't attempted to track down all the new stores of that time but I would wager a guess at there being about ten to fifteen of them. Acme would wait until the early 90's to really get serious about new store construction.
Like the store in Exton, this Acme competes with a newly remodeled Giant about a mile down the road. The two stores have coexisted for a little over 10 years now but the Acme has become increasingly dated during that time. The last remodel here was the Alberstons Marketplace package with the original 80's floor left intact and remnants of the 90's Red/White/Blue remodel left behind. Giant's impact on business here certainly has impacted Acme's willingness to invest in the store. Plans for a Wegman's to be built a few miles away may also be a factor for the closing of this location. All is not completely lost here… Acme has a store a few miles north in West Goshen and a relatively new store over in Glen Mills which is actually closer to the former store this Acme replaced!
The Sav-on sign has been removed from the storefront. A scar remains from where "Pharmacy" was removed over to the left.
Not one of the more attractive Acmes from the outside or the inside...
The checkerboard floor from the 80's remains alive and well here having survived two rounds of remodels in the last two decades. It is not a good match for the Alberstons Marketplace decor.
The 90's light boxes remain above the checkouts now painted a cream color. Produce is directly behind where I'm standing.
Flat drop ceiling in Produce. No arches or windows along the back wall like we see in the 90's stores.
Wild Harvest out in the open! Faces the Bakery rather than being in one of the grocery aisles. This store does not have a center aisle.
A lot odd things are going on with the tile here. First off, what's up with the white section? Why a solid tan border around it? I do not know. The color of the beige tiles seem off too. It's darker than what is normally found in the 80's checkerboard floor. Also strange is the Bakery having the beige tiles instead of the standard gold tiles.
Some elements of the 90's decor didn't make it into this stores. The Bakery sign is mounted directly to the wall instead of the panels that were found above the Bakery and Seafood departments in the 90's store. You can see an example below from the Glassboro store...
The tiles in the grocery aisles look lighter than the ones we saw over in the Wild Harvest aisle. You can also see here a solid tan line running along the left side of the aisle. Apparently something was reconfigured at some point and I want to know what it was!
Off in the distance you can see a couple of key stones from the 90's decor left along the Bakery wall.
Pink Meat Departmen tiles meet the orange tiles of Seafood and Deli.
Like in the Bakery, the Seafood letters are mounted directly to the wall. You can another odd tile configuration in front of the Seafood case. Seems like it would have been a better idea just to leave the section all white rather than tossing in some tan tiles.
I'd love to know why they just didn't rip those keystones off the walls. They did in plenty of other stores.
Could these be the original frozen food cases? I believe they might be. Wish I had taken a closer look when I was here.
Pharmacy along the front wall with it's letters torn off.
The tan tiles reach all the way to Dairy which should have blue tiles.
A close-up of the Pharmacy which has the blue Dairy tiles.
Looks like the bank gave to the boot to the Floral Department, if there ever was one in the first place. Notice the tiles cut at an angle on the floor. Similiar to the angled ceiling above.
Even with the discounts there was hardly a customer to be found.
The other stores are sure to take a hit when the Acme closes.
Let's take a quick trip down the road to check out the Giant!
We'll take a very quick tour of this store. It's very similar to the one in Exton. Even has the Beer department in the front, which I did not snap a picture of.
That's some bad lighting on the Bakery sign.
This place was slammin' busy!
Frozen favorites now where the Bakery used to be located. Giant hasn't updated the store's floor plan on their website. You can visit it by clicking here. (Scroll down below the directory page)
A look at the various supermarkets in the area...
The original Acme, as pointed out with the red oval logo, stood where the AMC theaters are now. All indications are the building was torn down. According to the historic aerials, the store arrived after 1971 and was gone by the next available aerial in 2002. Unfortunately, no available historic aerials show the store.
The Acme on the right side of the image is the Glen Mills store, not yet standing when this aerial was taken. Wegmans is planning to build approximately the area where you see there logo.
Update: I completely forgot to talk about the Whole Foods. Gary gave us the lowdown in the comments section…
The Whole Foods you pointed out in the picture but didn't mention is almost two years old. It replaced a Genuardi's that closed in 2010. They ripped the whole front off the building, it was quite a transformation. The Genuardi's always seemed so small and packed in, the Whole Foods remodel really opened the space up. I was glad to finally see someone come in and compete with the Trader Joe's just down 202, that place seemed like it was always packed to the walls with people. Not to mention there wasn't a Whole Foods for quite some distance (Main Line). I would always see the trucks on
I-95, just passing through the area. Glad they now have a place
With coverage of both the closing stores now out of the way, we'll switch gears for next Friday's post and visit the hugely successful Acme over in Glen Mills!