Location: 11 South Dennis Rd Cape May Court House, NJ
Here comes another surprise post... the Cape May Court House Acme has been fully remodeled! I discovered this on Acme's website when I was trying to track down grand opening day for the Ocean City store. Yet again, Acme made no mention of this store's grand reopening on their Facebook page. For a supermarket chain that keeps telling everyone they're getting better, I don't understand why they're not doing a better job promoting these remodels on social media or through local media outlets. Especially for the Jersey Shore stores which draw customers from all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the summer months.
Quick recap of this store's history... Acme originally started out at the other end of this shopping center in a pitched-roof model. The building is now hidden for the most part by an expansion that happened in the center. In 1996, Acme opened in this spot which had previously been a Jamesway. The facade seen here was standard issue for the former Jamesway buildings as well as other stores that were expanded in the 90's. Surprisingly "FOOD•DRUG" remains after two rounds of remodels.
The words on the awning under ACME "BEER•WINE•LIQUOR". The department has been renamed "The Frosted Mug" on the inside but does not have beer on tap. It's just your standard liquor department located in the center of the store.
Cape May Court House is the first of the 90's stores to have been remodeled under the latest round of Albertsons' ownership. It would be nice to see it sweep to many more stores that are in need of freshening up. The sooner the old Albertsons Marketplace remodel is gone from the whole chain the better!
Welcome sign hung in the vestibule with a small updated logo.
The latest signage for the circular rack.
A look across the front-end from behind the checkouts. New flooring has gone in the entire perimeter of the the store which you see here. Old black and white photos line the walls which is typical for these Quality Built remodels.
Exciting new feature at this store... a row of 4 express registers with just one entrance...
Hard to get a great picture of this area without getting caught. The cashiers do enforce a strict "10 items only" policy. A customer was thrown out of the line for having too many items while I was taking pictures.
Updated layout in the Produce Deparment with organics taking the center of the department.
Quality Built has great signage for Produce and Dairy. Not so great for some of the service departments.
Here we can do a little before and after of this area...
This is how the store looked back in 2010 in the original post. It did have the more deluxe version of the Albertsons Marketplace remodel.
Like Beach Haven, some overly muted colors for the department signs.
The worst thing to happen with Acme cutting ties with SuperValue is the loss of the Culinary Circle breads. They were truly outstanding. Right up there with the breads that Wegmans offers. Now we're stuck with the same stuff sold at ShopRite and Stop and Shop. I saw a few breads from Safeway in the mix but nothing that was terribly exciting. At least Acme has a good selection, which is something I never find at my local ShopRite.
Gluten free and health food products in aisle 1. Just like Ocean City with the black shelving. Looks like Acme won't be naming this department now that the Wild Harvest brand is gone. O Organics and Open Nature products are located throughout the store with only a display or two in this area.
The original 90's tile remains in the aisles.
It's fascinating to me what Acme is doing with their aisles in these remodels. More streamlined then ever and fully stocked.
Dark wall color in the Meat Department which is more striking in person than it appears in the photos.
Same new cases thatwe've seen in Ocean City and Beach Haven. Quite a shine on that floor!
The tile along the back walls remains from the Albertsons Marketplace remodel.
Sorry but the Corner Deli signage needs some help. Get the NEW logo in there and pick a font that really brands the department. I know I keep repeating this but the Corner Deli sign in the Devon store is outstanding. This sign is just lazy and looks terrible with "ACME" crammed in at the top.
Below is the "before" of this area...
This treatment is a rare site in Albertsons Marketplace remodeled stores.
This long case is right across from the Deli. It lines the back of the liquor department which is why there is no access here to any aisles.
Side view of the liquor department. There is a center aisle through the frozen food department but no where else in the store. The Frosted Mug side door is straight ahead...
A look at frozen with all new cases.
Bright. Clean. Stocked. Better indeed.
The sloped ceiling up on the left of the photo has been painted all white. In fact the whole ceiling was painted! No water stained, messy tiles like we were seeing in SuperValu's remodels. A hint of the green paint that used to be on the sloped ceiling tiles is still showing through a bit.
The Hot Dogs and Breakfast Meats signs remain here from the early 2000's. It's the only two that I noticed in the store. Surprised they survived the remodel, let alone the late 2000's when they were removed completely from most stores.
The "Quality Built" sign is tucked back along Dairy. Not as visible as in other stores.
Sav•on branding remains here. Perhaps it's being decided on a store to store basis as to keep it. Below is a "before" picture of the Pharmacy signage.
Logo wall! Looking great here on the dark brown. I believe this area was reworked a lot in the remodel. Floral has been moved out onto the floor with displays arranged around the entrance. The floral service counter has been moved to the front next to Customer Service.
The Frosted Mug! Still not open for the day when I was here.
Large helium balloon display along the front wall. Guess balloons are big business at this Acme!
A look at the pitched-roof store back in the corner now buried by an addition to the shopping center.
The pitched-roof building has had a lot of work done the the back. No obvious features remain that can be seen in the aerial images. I though I could drive back here by coming around the left side of the shopping center but it was blocked off. The only way back is to come around the Acme.
SuperFresh arrived here in the early 90's before Acme moved into the Jamesway. Must have been a real blow to the outdated pitched-roof store but it wouldn't be long before Acme had them beat with a a bigger store. SuperFresh closed in early 2011 and is now a Big Lots.
Half of the store remains unused and you can see some labelscars along the awning.
1995Acme still in its original building with SuperFresh open across the street.
1991Acme and Jamesway going strong in 1991.
1987Acme clearly doing good business if all those trailers in the back are any indication. Would have loved to see this place with the 80's remodel! I didn't own a car back then that would even survive the trip to south Jersey.