Friday, May 29, 2015

Acme – Folsom, Pennsylvania

Location: 124 Morton Ave, Folsom, PA 

We're continuing to move on down MacDade Boulevard with a stop today at the Folsom Acme, one of the most deluxe stores in the chain. This location opened in 1999 and served as a replacement to the Acme at 1937 MacDade Blvd, which was seen on the blog last week, as well as the Acme that was located at 1245 MacDade Blvd in Woodlyn. That location was a former Penn Fruit and will be coming to the blog soon.

This store opened with the Chalkboard Market decor and was remodeled quite extensively in the mid-2000's with the Premium Fresh & Healthy v1 package. Overall the store is very similar to the Paoli location and appears to be equally, if not more, successful.

Heading in the left side entrance...

The grass planter boxes remain along top of the Produce cases. The grass has been removed. These photos were taken back in February 2014 so there may have been some changes inside since then. The original green ceiling remains throughout.

PF&H v1 flooring. Pretty remarkable since the original flooring was probably in good shape at the time of the remodel and would have been a decent match to the new decor.

A look across the front end from just inside the entrance.

Floral on this side of the store which is bit unusual for a 90's store.

Slightly scary floral display above the roll and bagel bins. I would imagine they are gone now. The grass too. This store did not get the spot lights installed along the department awnings like the Paoli store. Click here for a look.

Some seating between the Bakery and Deli but the store doesn't have a designated café area. Surprisingly, no a la carte station either.

Salad Bar across from the Deli.

All new tile put up on the back walls in the last remodel.

Deluxe Wild Harvest department...

Check out the homemade directories hanging from the display shelves. 

The grass remains along the meat cases.

No grass along the frozen food cases but the planter boxes remain. The cases appear to be original to the store.

The ceilings from the Chalkboard Market built stores are the coolest Acme has ever had.

The Pharmacy is along the right wall of the store instead of in the front corner. This creates an alcove in Dairy at the rear of the store.

This area is a mystery. Normally you would have Floral here but as we've seen, that department is on the other side. Perhaps the Starbucks was located here.

Update 5.30: This is where Photo used to be located before camera phones killed it off. Thanks to Michael from PA for the info he left in the comments section!

I'm assuming there are second floor offices along the front of the store but there are no windows looking out onto the sales floor like in earlier 90's stores.


Pathmark is located on the other side of the Home Depot. It has been here since the late 60's.

All aerials show this store with substantial crowds in the parking lot.






An A&P once stood on this property! It's the building all the way to the right. The whole shopping center looks closed and abandoned at this point. I scrolled over to the Pathmark to see if this was just an early morning shot but the Pathmark was packed when this image was taken.

And this was an early morning photo. No cars at the Pathmark either.

Here we see the A&P open with a plenty of shoppers.



  1. Hello.
    Actually, the Ridley Acme is a replacement for the Woodlyn, Pa. Acme that closed. The Woodlyn store was located at MacDade and Fairview Road. The Woodlyn location was a Pennfruit store before Acme took it over.
    Once the Ridley Acme construction was complete, the Woodlyn store was closed. I even recall transferring some supplies from Woodlyn to Ridley.

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  3. I grew up very close to here. Before acme was built here in addition to previous grocery stores (I think giant eagle was there) there was a bowling alley. The store was re-modeled in 2007 the same time as Paoli. The reason Paoli and ridley look alike is because they are sister stores. Both opened February 1999. As for the front mystery area it was photo. The store never had Starbucks. Also when it was re-modeled to pf & h, no departments were actually moved. As it stands, this is one of the top volume stores despite competition from path mark, Walmart, shoprite and the holmes/ Glenolden acme