Location: 45 De Mercurio Dr, Allendale, NJ
The Allendale Acme began it's like as a standart 70's A&P which was converted to the chain's very first ground-breaking Futurestore in the 80's. The interior and exterior were completely overhauled again for the "fresh" remodel in the 2000's. The Allendale A&P must have been very successful over the years to have been completely transformed three times over, although the Futurestore incarnation lasted far beyond it's prime. From what I observed and read online, Acme isn't having quite the same success. While the parking lot looks crowed, there were very few people in the Acme on what should have been a very busy Saturday afternoon.
Former Centennial A&P located to the right. This shopping center is quite beautiful and you'd never guess it's been here for as many decades as it has. I would imagine the landlord renovated the whole place when the A&P was remodeled. It's a shopping center worthy of being smack-dab in the middle of town.
Futurestore photos courtesy of John's flickr collection
A photo from A&P's 1985 annual report showing the newly remodeled Allendale Futurestore.
The exterior of this store still looks brand-new! How about those parking lot lights? Impressive.
Absolutely beautiful interior! This had been a very well maintained A&P and Acme is doing an outstanding job keeping looking great. That's one thing Acme has been very successful with in these converted stores. They're super clean and well-stocked. Maybe Acme could shift some labor hours from maintenance over to the cashiers. As much as I love a clean store, I don't want to stand in line for 15 minutes for a few items.
THE FUTURESTORE DAYS >>>
Hard to believe this is the same store! Non too happy with myself that I had never once been in one of these Futurestores. We didn't have any in the area of New Jersey where I grew up and I think they were getting fazed out elsewhere by the time I got my license and stared driving everywhere to check out grocery stores.
Great looking Starbucks. Looks like a more recent model. Does anyone know if it's been remodeled lately?
This totally threw me... Floral being in the spot that's used for the café. A little weird seeing flowers right next to the pizza oven.
As you know, I usually try to take people-free photos. That wasn't a problem in this store. Here IU was actually tring to get a couple WITH people so the place didn't look so sad.
Former liquor and wine now home to a sprawling health food department...
This place literally has a full-sized health food store in the back corner. Still, doesn't seem to interest the residents of Allendale all that much.
Not a soul. I had just come from the Waldwick Stop and Shop which, I swear, had more shoppers in it than the Acme and their shelves were only half-stocked!
Crickets in Seafood at a quarter after noon on a Saturday.
I believe the Bakery may have originally been in the back corner but is now 3/4 of the way down the back wall due to an expansion out of the far side of the store.
This store is stocked with fresh-foods like it does high-volume sales. Maybe the lack of customer was just a fluke during my visit.
If A&P got one thing right it was the second round of the "fresh" remodels. The décor, floors, colors and styling were about as good as you can get in a traditional supermarket.
Acme is installing ceiling fans in the frozen food aisles in many of the converted stores.
What is up with this place? A gorgouse store like this should be drawing much bigger crowds! I'm not really familiar with the area so I don't know what competition is nearby. I did see mentioned somewhere that a ShopRite is about 5 minutes away.
No Quality Built checkout lights to replace A&P's re-numbered lights.
Couldn't even spring for an Acme sign to hang here.
The parking lot certainly doesn't help things here. It was a good 3/4 full when I was here and still no one in the Acme. There is a large section on the other side of the entrance driveway, off the right side of this photo.
2006The more recent historic aerials are terrible making it difficult to pin down the year of the "fresh" remodel.
1979Now this is a great shot! We can clearly see the 70's awning with the A&P sign front and center!