Location: 1400 East Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Acme Style has made it to Philadelphia! While there are a few Philadelphia stores covered on the blog, I haven't covered one that was actually in the city. Thanks to this recently remodeled store for getting me to make the trip!
10th and Reed opened in the early 70's as a replacement for a pitched-roof store just across the street. It has since expanded into neighboring stores on the left. From the aerial images, it looks as though there may be two stores on the left at some point. Regardless, a CVS was located here and moved into the old Acme when this store was expanded. I'm not sure of the time frame but the expansion may have happened when the store received to the Chalkboard Market remodel in the late 90's.
Sav-on lives on here but just on the front of the store. It is gone from the inside. The blue "Pharmacy" and wave were added with the recent remodel. Fresh paint job as well. The Grand Reopening was held on March 28th.
My plan was to post this store when Acme Style had its grand reopening. I wound up going with the Devon store since the remodel there is more unique. 10th and Reed was the first store to be remolded under Albertsons official ownership and it looks as though this package is more of a carry over from what they have been doing in their stores out west. Devon's remodel is a little more tailored to Acme and has better design overall. It also has more of a vintage vibe than what was done here. That's not to say this store doesn't look great! There is also a spectacular surprise waiting for us when we finish up in the dairy aisle that you won't see at the Devon store.
New flooring in Produce and around the perimeter of the store. Grocery aisles kept their tile from the previous remodel.
Interesting floral cases here. Haven't seen anything like it before.
Classic photos of Philadelphia on the walls just like at the Devon store. Great looking signage directly above the produce cases.
"Prepared Foods" now is "Food to go"...
The Corner Deli is back in South Philly! The signage isn't as fun here as it at the Devon store. Harder to see in the photos with the lights shinning so brightly.
Bakery right across from the Corner Deli.
Back in the Devon post, I was wondering about some objects that were hanging over the bakery cases. They looked like frosted windows (as you can see below). Apparently they are sign holders without any signs in them. They look similar to what's hanging in 10th and Reed both in the Bakery and Corner Deli.
Exposed ceilings in the areas where Acme expanded into.
Cheese all the way to the rear.
And just around the bend it's… The House That Quality Built! Photos of classic Acmes on the wall...
Aisle 1 of grocery. No "Wild Harest" signage here.
Blurry shot here but I wanted to include it since it looks as though this is where the original Acme building joined with the stores next door.
Have to say, I don't like this signage at all. Too generic considering how much personality the rest of the store has.
I didn't get a close-up of the aisle markers. They are different than the ones in Devon but they do have "ACME" on them.
Photos on the back wall...
Are you ready for this?
"Proudly Serving You Since 1891" accompanied by a parade of all of Acme's logos!
Gotta say it's hurts a little to see all these great logos right above SuperValu's "Essential Everyday" brand. The logos are not quite in chronological order. Not sure if that was on purpose or a mistake.
So SuperValu spent years stripping Acme of it's name in every possible way. Alberstons comes in and puts every Acme logo up on the wall. Love it!
The Pharmacy was moved to this location during the remodel. Not exactly sure where it was previously. It was probably back in the corner where the paper products are now.
No self-checkouts. The store used to have them but they were removed at some point.
More custom designed register lights here with Acme logo included!
Heading around back...
I think this is a first for me… a compressor beam on a 70's store! I always assumed they went out with the pitched-roof models. Then again, I have had the opportunity to explore the backs of 70's stores as much as I have with the older models.
Here you can see the store(s) Acme expanded into...
The former pitched-roof Acme across the street...
Update 6.24.14: For a look at this building when it was an Acme, jump over to a picture on phillyhistory.org by clicking here. (Thanks to "Kate-Declan/Aidan mom" for the link!)
Disguised by a new facade on the front.
Some windows have been added to the side.
All Acme in the back!
I didn't venture any further to look for scars of the second floor windows. No compressor beam to be seen!
More Philadelphia Acmes are coming to the blog soon!