Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Former Acme – Paulsboro, New Jersey

Photos courtesy of Erica R

Location: 545 W Broad St, Paulsboro, NJ


This former Acme has been stuck in a time warp since opening in October 1968. Acme didn't change a thing all the decades that it operated the store and absolutely nothing has been done to the property since it closed down in the mid 90's. The store has finally been reborn as a Sav a lot. The long awaited opening day was July 26. Erica will be taking us on a tour of the interior so we can see all of the changes that have been made to the building...

The pitched-roof is still fully intact!




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Monday, August 21, 2017

Update on Front and Snyder!

Location: Front and Snyder, Philadelphia, PA

The sign is up! Wonder if there will be another one along the front. It would be cool if the letters  were free-standing along the awning like they were on some 50's and 60's stores. That red rectangle is a bit of a mystery. Looks like something is being covered over. Perhaps a Pharmacy sign. According to a comment left on the precious post for this store, employees who have been training at 10th and Reed report this location today! 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Acme – Ortley Beach, New Jersey


Location: 5 Ortley Plaza, Seaside Heights, NJ


Acme/Former A&P Ortley Beach, NJ

Officially the most extensively upgraded store acquired from A&P. We have seen a few stores who received a more deluxe remodel to the inside but no store has received such an extensive facade and front-end make-over.

Entrance and exit on this side of the store not used often. Very few cars parked on this end of the parking lot. Shoppers prefer to cram themselves into the other half of the parking lot.

The new facade is beautiful, even more so in person The Acme looks alive and vibrant.

This happens to be one of the best reviewed Acmes on yelp and Google! I couldn't find a single complaint about long lines and lack of available registers. 4 and a half stars on Google.

The original A&P is now Spirits Unlimited. The Acme sits on the same spot it did back in the 50's!

Entrance to right which leads into Produce. Exit is through the doors to the left.

Quality Built has arrived in Ortley Beach! Wasn't sure if this was in the plans. The facade and front-end were completed with no change to the décor but maybe Acme could only do so much at once.


The A&P was still looking great when Acme took over. The store was remodeled after Sandy hit back in 2012.

You'll also notice in the tour that the store is currently congested with tons of displays. Acme is clearly maximizing inventory during the busy summer months. The photos showing A&P's décor were taken off season when the store wasn't busting at the seems with inventory.

Oops... looks like they mounted the produce sign a little too high on the wall. It's kinda levitating above the cases.

The new lower prices are working out pretty well for this Acme shopper! After I complained about the ridiculous price of Rao's tomato sauce, Acme put it on sale and has kept it on sale for the past few weeks. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

Quick look across the front-end. I was here early on a weekday morning and the store was extremely busy.

Someone came up with the idea to put kids beach toys on top of the light boxes. I get it... they look cool lit up but they kinda make the store look messy. And toys really need to be where kids can reach so they can get their hands on them and beg their parents to buy them.

Acme's Signature/Love Local signs are still up here. This store could use a major reduction in hanging signs.

Health department in aisle 2. At first I thought Acme put in the gray shelving. Turns out it's left over from A&P. Looks great and is still in good shape throughout the store. And there's the Rao's! Low low price for at least two weeks now.

Acme replaced the cases here. Not sure why. A&P's cases are actually the style that Acme has used in remodels in other stores.


Acme also replaced the cases in the bakery. Seems strange since the ones left over from A&P seemed perfectly fine...


Don't get me started on Acme's lack of "artisan" and "specialty" fresh baked breads despite the signs. When Stop & Shop has you beat by a mile in this department, it's time to head back to the drawing board. If Safeway can't come up with better options then Acme should bring back the Culinary Circle fresh baked breads and stick them in Signature Select bags!

The all new front-end. A&P's future store slanted windows are gone.

I should have taken a closer look at the tiling to find the line between A&P's front-end and Acme new front-end.

I thought Acme had put the darker tile in when the front-end was redone but it's been here since the A&P days.


Former self-checkout area currently home to some of the short express registers. None of them were open on this particular morning. Some of the full registers are also express and were open.

The sign structure has a fresh coat of white paint. Still can't get over the fact that Acme reclaimed this sign and the location after being gone from the property for decades!


The aerial portion of this post has been brought over from previous coverage of the store. We start of with a view of the Super A&P Food Market. The signage was not updated after the fresh remodel. 

Acme's original sign capped off with "A&P".

A look at the store's proximity to the shore.... 




Acme looks closed and abandoned as of 1986 while the A&P has a decent crowd.  The two stores were nearly identical in size but the same cannot be said for the parking lots. Acme rules in that department, as expected. It's a mystery why Acme didn't expand since they had the space. A larger, more modern store could have knocked A&P right out of business. Check out the giant shadow of the street sign in the lower left corner.

Both stores open in 1972. 

Acme was irst on the site, opening June 17, 1959 . Even on a busy day the parking lot was barely a quarter full.