Hey Acme Style fans, I've decided to cancel the summer schedule and simply take the entire summer off. My weekends have been too busy to get any work done on posts and they're going to continue to be that way for most of the summer. The blog will be back up and running on September 9th.
A very colorful, former 50's-styled Acme in Aston, Pennsylvania. Opening day was in September 1960. Closing day did not arrive until 2005! Pretty amazing considering the store was never expanded during all of those years. Aside from some upgrades to the loading docks, the building remained unaltered for 35 years.
I would guess the interior here was the Checkerboard Arch decor until its final days. If anyone knows for sure, please let us know. This store is similar to the one in Washington, New Jersey, which closed in 2002.
Produce receiving doors on the right side.
The awing received some upgrades over the years. The support polls as well which were made more sturdy with brick columns.
Acme's windows remain intact along the front.
The entrance and exit also still in their original spot.
Bread receiving door to the left of the entrance.
So I wasn't able to go inside to get any pictures. Certainly thought about giving it a shot but figured I might wind up with a lifetime membership to Planet Fitness if I wasn't careful. Fortunately, we can have a look around inside...
The loading dock with the trailer bay was added sometime after the store opened. You can see the employee break room and bathroom windows above it.
The compressor lifting beam is still intact above the second floor door...
This dock was expanded at some point with a roof covering the whole area. We'll see in the historic images that there was a small awning here originally.
Acme parking lot signs still going strong!
An addition could have easily been added to the left side of the building. The store must have done decent business over the years to last until 2005 when it's expiration date was easily 1995.
Giant arrived around 2005 and did the poor Acme in. I have no idea why Acme didn't pursue a replacement store in this area. It's always tough seeing these Giants sweep in and kill of the chain that once owned this market area.
The original awning above the loading dock can be seen here.
Good thing they have all those parking spots in the back for overflow.
Plans to replace the Beach Haven store for next summer were announced back in April during the launch of Acme's "We're Back!" campaign. With the plans being on-again/off-again for years now, it still wasn't safe to bet on them actually happening. Well, Acme has now officially announced on their website that the current Beach Haven store will be replaced with a new store. dougbalt was even able to catch the announcement on the back of a bus! (A larger image of the new store can be seen at ProgressiveGrocer.com by click here.) Below is the video Acme posted on their website to finally make the news official. (Thanks to the numerous people who emailed the link to Acme Style). For full coverage of the Beach Haven store on Acme Style, please click here.
Beginning this week, Acme Style will be operating on a summer schedule. For the next two months, posts will generally go up on Fridays only. Much of the activity here will depend on the weather. The nicer it is out, the less time I will be spending in front of this computer. I do have a ton of inventory that needs to go up so I will be preparing posts when time permits. Regardless how things go this summer, be prepared for a very busy Fall season on Acme Style! Regular posting will resume on September 9th. Please be advised that there will be no additional posts this week. Have a fun 4th of July, everyone!