Avondale is getting the upgraded lighting. Stopped by the store this evening and saw the crew working on it. They still have a ways to go.
Who'd have thought that actually putting money in the stores would improve the customer experience?Something that seems lost among certain other retail executives....
Okay, so here's an update on something I said on the February discussion entry.I noticed a ShopRite trailer parked in the loading dock of the long since closed Pathmark on Paulison Avenue in Clifton next to the Pathmark salvage trailer that was never removed. I said that I had heard that the owner of the nearby ShopRite, the Cuellar family, wants to open a ShopRite Liquors on at least some of the property. For the record, most of the store remains untouched from when it closed and even the registers are still operational. So they probably would not have to do a whole lotta work, but would likely subdivide nonetheless.I said that I wasn't sure where the liquor licensing stood because there had been a liquor store on the property once before, but apparently that doesn't seem to be the case.From what I have been told, the Cuellars have tried to purchase two liquor stores in their vicinity, including one just up the street from their store, with the intent of taking their liquor licenses and moving them to the Pathmark property so they can open the store. Neither owner agreed.Still an interesting development as it appears now that Clifton is well on its way to at least partially filling two of the three major supermarket vacancies in the city (only the Botany Plaza Pathmark would remain).
... and now <a href="http://www.grafeauction.com/auction_detail.php?id=284146>it's up for auction</a>... interesting
Apparently that's for the equipment still in the store if the listing is any indication.
And after however long it's been since the store closed, all the lights have been turned off except for the low lights. The signs were all dark, the lights around the entrances were turned off, etc.
Chris, Botany PM has also been leased to an affiliate of America's Food Basket Cooperative of Queens. I believe it will be called Ideal Market.
That's a good sign. They needed to get something in there.
Aldi is now accepting credit cards, which was a surprise to me. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/02/no-frills-supermarket-aldi-to-accept-credit-cards.html
It looks like Albertsons is going to wind up buying the remaining Haggen "core" stores. Albertsons announced that it is closing its Bellingham store in May. Bellingham is Haggen's home city and there are several Haggen stores in the area. The core store auction is now postponed another week. Here is a story about what may be happening: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article65105702.html#storylink=mainstage
Albertsons and Haggen announced that 14 original Haggen stores and the former Safeway in Oak Harbor WA will continue to carry the Haggen name. http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article66009047.html#wgt=trendingIn some ways I was hoping that there would again be an Albertsons in Oak Harbor, but Albertsons and Safeway now have almost identical ads and merchandise. Having Haggen remain offers some variation in products.
That's very interesting... but do you really think that Albertsons is going to keep Haggen any different than all of their other stores? I doubt it...
The former Super Fresh at 1301 Skippack Pike in Center Square/Blue Bell PA is becoming a McCaffrey's. According to the McCaffrey's website the store is "coming soon".
The abandoned Acme in Quakertown is becoming Homegoods and TJmaxx. They ripped off the facade of the building. More information to come.