Saturday, April 1, 2017

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  1. There was an article in the Bucks County Courier Times this week that Acme on Pasqualone Boulevard in Bensalem will start selling alcohol sometime in the near future.

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  2. Is a new Acme planned for Yonkers NY? If so where?

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  3. The former Superfresh In Plainsboro that A&P closed in early 2013 is re-opening as a Key Food Food Emporium. This was only Superfresh in Middlesex County everything else was operated as A&P or Pathmark after the takeover.

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  4. The Acme in Yonkers is being completely renovated this year. The entire building will be gutted.

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  5. The Downingtown/Thorndale store has new registers and checkout lights. No other sign of a remodel coming, although that store probably needs one more than any other.

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  6. Do any of you supermarket afficianodos know what is happening with the vacant Pathmark site in Brick, NJ? The township says the landlord is negotiating with two different major supermarket chains, and that they plan to keep it as a supermarket. That whole part of town only has Aldi and Walmart. The Shoprite is relatively far away and is insanely busy. People are left driving to Acme or Foodtown in Wall.

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  7. My sister works at a Best Buy on 202 and waited on Dan Croce yesterday. She said he was really nice, and asked her whether she is an Acme shopper and what she thought about the Marsh Road location. I buy the groceries, but she told him we both think the Marsh Road interior is a big improvement over the Super Fresh. He aslo asked her whether there was anything she'd like to see added to Marsh Road. He left her with a $10 Acme coupon. I was flabbergasted when she told me about meeting him!

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  8. Acme verified for 40th and Walnut, but Fresh Grocer is not leaving without a fight:http://www.philly.com/philly/business/real_estate/commercial/Penn-and-Fresh-Grocer-are-taking-each-other-to-court-over-U-City-supermarket-site-.html

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  9. Could supermarkets move into department store spaces in Philly malls? http://www.philly.com/philly/business/retail/Malls-Welcome-Back-Super-Markets-With-Open-Arms.html

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  10. Walked by the South Street store yesterday. I didn't get inside, but it looked like they did some major remodeling. Looks like checkouts are now where produce used to be. I think they also made the windows along the South Street side a lot larger.

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    1. Just read that South Street will be getting a Frosted Mug along with Girard Avenue and Cottman Avenue. This will increase the Frosted Mug count to 13 (15 if you count the two in NJ) Frosted Mugs will be at Snyder Avenue and 40th Street as well once they open....

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  11. Did my weekly shopping at King of Prussia last night, and it has never been worse. The amount of expired food on the shelves is amazing. Some of the highlights include the Cascadian Farms frozen French fries that expired in 2015, Amy's Pasta sauce that expired 2/16, and expired Hatfield Canadian Bacon that went out of code in February. With no self checkouts, all express lanes were closed. They had 2 registers open and over 40 people waiting in line. People were walking out of the store. Horribly run store.

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    1. I believe it. I stopped shopping at KOP when they took the self checkouts out.
      It's a shame to see what's happened to that store. It was the crown jewel of ACME in 1999 when I moved here!

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    2. This comment led me to look at the store reviews on google/yelp etc, and I'm guessing that they are letting this store get run down as the lease could be expiring soon. If there is no Frosted Mug/remodel happening soon that might be the case.

      In the reviews people were mentioning that "they were going to Paoli for now on" so I'm assuming that's still a well run store for the most part. (the reviews seem to say that) Of course the HQ is nearby which could explain it....

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  12. Drove by Parkesburg today. The sign is still up, but new Real Estate Lease signs are out along the road and one fluorescent light was lit in the rear of the store. Might be time to get your pics of the store before it changes!

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  13. Cottman Avenue (former Superfresh/Pathmark) is being remodeled with the beer section and QB decor....

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  14. Yeah Paoli is great. Has a Frosted Mug and a Starbucks. However, Paoli has always been a great store. There is a Wegman's right down the road from the Paoli store and ACME does just fine. In KOP, the Wegman's stole all the Thunder from the Acme. I just can't believe what a dump that store is anymore, what a shame.

    Thank God they still have the self checkouts in Phoenixville, because the employees there serve up some of the worst customer service I have ever seen in my life. I take full cart loads to the self checkouts to avoid the miserable staff they employ there.

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    1. Is Paoli more of a middle class town that appeals more to the segment that appreciates ACME? The K of P crowd might just be happier with an upscale store like Wegman's.

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    2. Doug, it's the other way around.
      Paoli is the main line, and extremely wealthy.
      KOP is a mostly middle class town.

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    3. And Paoli is older than KOP, which has a lot of younger families. If you look around at who shops Acme, it skews a lot older. I think older people appreciate a slower pace of store, as well as a more old-fashioned, conventional store--and they often do not mind paying more.

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  15. As for KOP, if people are willing to spend $10 for 6 ice cream sized scoops of mashed potatoes at Wegman's, then they would shop at ACME if they would update the store and put some decent management in place. What do people want? They want to shop at a clean and modern store. They also want to get their stuff and get out quickly. The KOP ACME is a worn out dog. Paoli has always had improvements and investments being made to the store.

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    1. I don't necessarily agree, Sean, and this is where Acme management does not understand its consumer. If people simply wanted clean and modern, then Acme would be killing the competition all over—yet they are not. The consumer(in New York Metro, at least,) wants 1) clean, 2) modern, 3) good value, 4) innovative and 5) CONVENIENT. If a store is spotlessly clean, yet they I am forced to pay exorbitant prices while waiting in line for 20 minutes--that is not gonna do it. If a store is modern, yet doesn’t differentiate itself against Stop & Shop, then I will just go to Stop & Shop. I honestly don't think Acme executives and VP's have any clue what their modern East Coast middle-class clientele want. Wegmans and ShopRite, however, have TONS of data on what their customers want--and this is why they consistently win and Acme consistently loses.

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