Thursday, December 1, 2016

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36 comments:

  1. did you receive the picture of the safety buck award that I sent?

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    1. I did. Sorry for not letting you know. Acme Style's inbox has 387 emails at the moment. It's tough keeping up with it all!

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  2. Exciting news!
    http://www.passyunkpost.com/2016/12/01/acme-is-opening-in-the-former-shoprite-location-in-snyder-plaza/

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  3. Acme is going to open a new store in South Philly in the old Snyder Plaza ShopRite: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/real_estate/commercial/ACME-market-to-open-at-former-ShopRite-site-in-South-Philadelphia.html

    Also, Albertson's is in talks to buy the Price Chopper chain in Upstate New York and Western New England: http://supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/report-albertsons-talks-buy-price-chopper

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    1. I'm assuming they would keep the Price Chopper name?

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    2. Price Chopper was being phased out by their old owners, so I wouldn't be surprised if Albertsons continued rebranding them. I imagine if they do, they'll split the chain up between Shaw's and Acme.

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    3. Anything is possible, really. Albertsons already has so many banners, but they have also been switching some around (eg. They seem to be converting some stores across the country to Safeway and Tom Thumb, etc. from Albertsons). I could see them keeping the brand and maybe killing off Shaws/Star, which has a slight overlap with Price Chopper. PC also has a few supposedly profitable stores in Western PA, but it wouldn't really make sense to convert them to Acme.

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    4. The old A-Frame Acme in Wyomming is actually now a Price Chopper, so Acme could theoretically return. I haven't heard anything about Price Chopper being phased out, though- they should phase out Shaw's and just have Star Market, since it's the "heritage" name.

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    5. I would think that since Market 32 conversions are so expensive and probably what drove the chain to this state (there aren't many Market 32 stores anyway), I'd guess that Albertsons would put a halt to the Market 32 name. The overlap between Shaw's and Price Chopper is small but not insignificant. According to Google Maps, there don't seem to be markets where PC and ACME directly compete.

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  4. Definitely anything could happen, since neither side will even confirm that these talks are actually happening :)

    But if it does, looking at Price Chopper, they have stores in 6 states (NY, PA, VT, NH, MA and CT).
    The majority are in NY (as they originated and are headquartered in Schenectady, close to the state capitol of Albany). NY stores run from the Hudson Valley north to the Canadian border, west to Watertown/Syracuse area. Of that area, the only "overlap" would be the handful of Acme locations picked up from A&P, and then not in the same towns, but it might suggest that the (relatively few) stores in that area switch to Acme. The rest of the state is open.
    The CT stores are not overlapping with the few that Acme picked up from A&P there, but they have (it appears) not done as well in CT so switching those might make sense as well.

    As to MA they have a small cluster in the Berkshires and then some around Worcester (where they would potentially overlap existing Shaw's locations).
    NH is only a handful of locations, VT there are probably only a couple of overlaps (Manchester is definite as they are the two stores in town but one or two others may as well).
    Certainly seems logical to unify the VT, NH and at least eastern MA under one name, rather than having two (or three) names in a small area - the Berkshires could be left with whatever they choose for NY as it's only a handful and they are somewhat separate from anything else (they closed a store in North Adams so the remaining are Pittsfield, Lenox and Lee if I'm correct - not really close to the stores in either VT or CT).

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    1. I would think if it goes down places like the PC in Warwick NY which is litterally 12 min from the Acme in Vernon NJ would either stay pc or change to Shaws or if they keep the Pc banner then keep it as it is. Doesnt make sense having 2 Acme that close to each other.

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    2. Heck, that's nothing- last year Acme opened a new store by me that's about 5 minutes from two other Acmes.

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    3. As they say anything can happen

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    4. Rumors also going about of Weis taking some of the PA Price choper stores. I believe Weis took over some Food Lion stores down south so it wouldn't suprise me that they want to grow their presense in Pa

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    5. There is one other Price Chopper in Berkshire County, Great Barrington. Their presence there dates back to the Central Market days when the chain solely was an Albany-area chain. In fact, the Price Chopper concept was birthed in Pittsfield and the store that replaced that one became the first Market 32.

      Vermont would be the big case of overlap as there are multiple towns which have both. In fact, the two are right across the street from each other on the Burlington/South Burlington line. The only New Hampshire overlap would be West Lebanon and one of their Worcester locations would have to go. Anything in New York is fine, the only place where PC and Acme come close is Dutchess County and the PC in Poughkeepsie is far enough from an Acme to be fine.

      What I wonder is if the Shaw's name lost any value ever since Supervalu pulled out of Connecticut. Might bringing the Star Market banner there be a nice, neutral move not akin to crawling back as Shaw's but keeping a damaged Price Chopper name going?

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    6. I would think that Price Chopper has a better reputation than Shaw's. Star Market is what they seem to be doing to stores in Boston but only Boston.

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  5. The Westfield Trader Joe's--only one of two locations in NJ, the other being Princeton, that sells alcohol-- is reopening today. It will have many improvements. The previous structure was poorly built and collapsed in the blizzard. http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2016/12/inside_njs_newest_trader_joes_opening_friday_photo.html#incart_m-rpt-2

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  6. Acme had stores in orange county NY where PC operates stores. They also operated in so.e areas in My State in the 80s where PC operates now. How much does the PC Brand have left in the tank. Would be the question as to a name change.

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  7. Went to the Yardville Acme today on my way home from work. Self checkouts are gone and replaced by four mini express registers (two of which were manned at 5:30 in the evening in addition to six regular registers), and all the checkout lights have been swapped to the Quality Built with the new Fisheye logo. Store was pretty busy so I couldn't get any pics.

    Also stopped at Newtown recently, a liquor license application was posted in the window so remodeling there should start sometime soon.

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  8. http://www.northjersey.com/story/money/2016/12/08/retail-landlords-still-bullish-bricks/95101056/
    ^Scroll down and you can see the new facade on the former A&P in Wayne.

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    1. I drove by the other day and its a nice improvement over the dated Future Store facade but still kind of plain. You can still see the slanted front wall so unlike what was done by Acme in Ortley Beach, it appears a new front wall was built atop the old one instead of having removed the original. I wonder if improvements are coming to the rest of the shopping center since it now looks more piecemeal than ever.

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  9. Lidl, a unique discount German food market, which is similar to Aldi, will soon be coming to the US. Lacey Twp will be one of the first locations. I'm excited to have it. I shopped there when I lived in Germany. http://www.app.com/story/money/business/2016/12/12/lidl-grocery-store-plans-open-lacey/95353050/

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  10. What's the deal with Giant's new cheap look? They're not even trying anymore! https://www.flickr.com/photos/catnapped1972/31126244830/in/photolist-Pqw9aC-PZj1tB-Pqw8A1-NKQJuF-Pqw84E-NKQJdt-Pqw7s9-PZiZM6-Pqw6Uf-NKQHHv-Pqw6mb-NKQHup-Pqw5Q1-Pqw5vJ-Pqw59b-Pqw4Jo-PP6ZVx-NKQGEZ-PP6ZtF-NGZZ5d-PZiYf8-NGZYTw-PZiY6R-NGZYGQ-PZiY1v-NGZYto-PZiXRT-NGZYaC-PZiXLT-PLo7G5-PZiXDZ-PLo7ou-PZiXxM-PLo72s-PZiXsB-PLo6F7-PZiXjF-PP6Ppc-NKQyi8-PLo18J-PqvkN9-PqvjNo-NGZqEy-PqvjGb-L5bMDy-KyzFEc-rs75a9-smPgAJ-rs74QG-rs74MA

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    1. Giant is quickly going downhill, IMO. There is really nothing that differentiates themselves from Walmart anymore. First they ditched the butchers, then other items are also coming in prepackaged (I purchased a hoagie from the Deli area and it definitely wasn't made in-store..in fact the package had an address of a company in CALIFORNIA!. I've noticed in other stores that had more of a prepared foods section at one time has been greatly scaled back (including ex. Genuardi's stores which had pizza ovens that Giant now seems to ignore). And their promotions have been less than stellar. Their gas reward program is a confusing mess, and many were upset they weren't doing the Free Turkey promo this Thanksgiving. I think shoppers are starting to realize they are not the nice local grocery chain they used to be and are switching to Weis, ACME, and others, or at least doing the majority of their shopping at other places.

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    2. I had a post I submitted originally but it was lost somehow. I assume this is Giant-Landover we are talking about? IIRC Giant-Landover wasn't that good to begin with, but is it possible that they're basically being combined with the Food Lion division, and it is now them calling the shots, resulting in a downscaling of the chain?

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    3. Hello Psuedo3D. Both of these posts refer to Giant-Carlisle. The picture that Anthony Lawrence posted is from a brand new Giant in Brookhaven, PA. And the info that store215 posted is also about Giant-Carlisle stores in PA.

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  11. I don't wish to get political and religious on here, but after looking up Oreos- I came across a picture of a Pope in an American supermarket holding Oreos. I almost passed by it before I saw the tags in the background... It's an Albertsons owned store! http://i.onionstatic.com/onion/5138/7/16x9/1200.jpg

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    1. Well, that's a picture from an article in The Onion. But how could you tell it's from an Albertsons-owned store?

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  12. Someone here is bound to know . . . the building that now houses Superfood Marketplace in Allentown, PA - was that ever an A-Frame Acme? It looks like it could have been but it also looks a little too big, and the entrance/exit layout isn't right:
    http://njsupermarkets.blogspot.com/2016/12/superfood-marketplace-allentown-pa.html

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    1. Certainly looks like it could have been an Acme! I don't have that location on any old lists but the lists are not 100% complete. The building has some non-Acme characteristics in the historical images which has me thinking it may not have been an Acme.

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    2. I'd be inclined to say it's not an Acme, but extensive renovations inside and outside could have disguised the signature Acme characteristics. Unfortunately, I don't know what to look for in a potential former Acme like you do, so if you're ever out in that area it's worth a stop.

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    3. It was Traub's Market from 1964-1989 and then Valley Farm Market from 1994-2015. http://articles.mcall.com/1989-03-23/business/2671619_1_traub-s-market-shopping-center-retail-space http://articles.mcall.com/1994-08-29/news/2989585_1_cart-nap-traub-s-market-grocery-cart

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  13. Looks like another potential Ac-a-me coming soon!!

    http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/12/penn-replace-fresh-grocer

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    1. Was just about to post this as well haha
      http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/Fresh-Grocer-Penn-campus-could-be-replaced-by-Acme.html

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    2. What's the deal here? Does the college own the grocery store and contracts out its operation to another company (Fresh Grocery, Acme, etc.)? It sounds like they want Fresh Grocer out of there because the claim of not having submitted the paperwork in a timely manner seems like a weak excuse that shouldn't be much of a problem.

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    3. From what I've researched, it's part of a commercial district that sits on the university's land and they act as landlords for the property. (Stanford University had owned and operated the Stanford Shopping Center for years under a similar provision)

      You're right in that the wording is a little confusing, it makes it sound like the grocery store is actually "on campus", like a leased part of the student center.

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