Location: 1067 W Baltimore Pike, Media PA
Today we're visiting Media's second operating Acme location. A unique 70's model that has been expanded and extensively renovated over the years. The other location, a former Colonial Cottage model about 6 miles east, was covered on the blog back in May 2013. The Acme seen here is located at the Granite Run Mall and has been a source of fascination for me for years. Way back in the early 2000's when I would search the internet for Acme pictures, the shot below would always be among the first to come up...
Photo courtesy of mrambojr's flickr photostream
One of the strangest Acmes I had ever seen. Seems like the sign was just thrown up on some random building. And where are all the windows along the front that were so common to Acme's of the 70's?
The pieces of the puzzle starred to come together back in August 2011 when I was preparing the Ocean Township post. The former Acme there was located at the Seaview Square Mall. At the time, there were still some old satellite images available showing the store as having the very same facade as the Granite Run Mall photo! The abandoned Seaville Square photo is right below...
Zoomed in close-up of the former Acme entrance. Compare this store to the old one in the Granite Run Mall. Nearly identical!
Now let's compare a current view of the Granite Run store with the Seaview store...
The similarities are quiet astonishing. Aside from and angled back corner and new facade at the Granite Run store, the two buildings are virtually identical. Both stores originally shared space with Thrift Drug. Seaville Square also had a JCPenney catalog center. According to Bill Haine's comment in the Ocean Township post, the Granite Run Mall Acme opened in 1976 with the Seaview Mall location opening in 1977. Seaview closed in 1993.
Not the best looking Acme from the outside. Surprising considering the inside is rather deluxe. The decor package is a version of the Albertsons Marketplace. I'm guessing it was an early version since most other Marketplace stores have a simplified version of what's seen here. Just wait until you get a look at the frozen food aisles!
Starting off with a look across the front-end.
It was a challenge getting good pictures in "The Marketplace". Strange lighting, odd layout and a ton of customers. The arches above the produce cases are very cool. Grocery is on the other side.
This is the front corner to the left of the entrance. The displays on the left seem to be filling in an area that might have been Starbucks. Preparred foods cases are on the left and continue to the salad bar...
The Deli comes after the salad bar.
The department signs are not backlit here. Very strange. You can barely see them. I wonder if there are lights up that aren't turned on.
The Bakery is just beyond the Deli...
A shot from the back of Produce towards the front.
Meat and Seafood signage with some more bad lighting.
Shop the World in aisle 1. Sound have circled back for a customer-free shot.
Aisle signs have not been updated with the Premium Fresh and Healthy signs.
Nice Dairy signage! Most remodels got nothing more than the letters, as seen below in the Runnemede store…
Now check this out…
This is some budget-busting decor!
Have you ever seen anything like it? It's as awesome as it it crazy.
Seems like they've lost some of the category signs along the way.
No signage above milk.
Dairy runs along the right wall leading to the Pharmacy...
Customer Service is in the corner. Seems like an after thought here. It's about a mile away from the front-end.
Floral here as we had over to the registers. Wish I got a better shot of that clock!
It would made more sense to have Customer Service here in the left between the entrance and the registers.
Acme used to have an entrance on this side as well. I unfortunately did now swing around back to look for scars.
The Granite Run Mall.
Both Media Acmes shown above. Both located on Baltimore Pike.
2008Not much to see here. Only two years available that show the store. No images available in the late 70's or 80s.
2002The store appears to be in it's current form back in 2002.
Finishing up with a before and after…