Location: 1425 Kennedy Blvd, North Bergen, NJ
Opened as an A&P in the 90's and converted to a Food Basics in the mid-2000's, becoming one of the most successful in the chain. The store was remodeled and reconfigured each and every time A&P tweaked the Food Basics concept. This location was one of the few to survive all the way through A&P's final day. Food Bazaar opened last November after completing an extensive transformation of the interior. I'm not familiar at all with Food Bazaar. This is the first of their stores I have ever stepped into and I have to say, I was pretty impressed! It is light years better than the A&P or Food Basics that had come before.
Heading in for a completely different experience than Food Basics offered...
The A&P was essentially gutted for the conversion to Food Basics.
Food Bazaar spared no expenses on the décor and I love every bit of it.
The produce department is far superior to the nearby ShopRite.
Large seafood department just beyond produce.
Huge juice selection.
Produce in front, seafood in the middle with the meat department in the rear corner.
Dairy remains along the back wall but it is now set up as a two-sided aisle with more cases running down the left side...
A pass-through to grocery just before the start of the dairy aisle.
Have you ever seen a store with "Grocery" getting it's own signage?
Back in dairy looking towards the meat department.
The product mix is interesting here. Basics, ethnic and higher-end items througout. They were missing some items I buy on a regular basis but had plenty of other options I'm not used to seeing.
The bakery and deli return to the same exact spot from the A&P days.
Interesting deli counter... is it self-service or full-service? Actually it's both but I was a little confused at first.
Liquor department just beyond the bakery.
Aisle along the back of the store.
Warehouse type shelving for grocery. The store does not have a pharmacy and little to no selection of health and beauty.
Fiora paper products! I got hooked on this line when Acme returned to my area. The brand had a huge push during Acme's SuperValu's days but has since been discontinued. I suspect it was done away with to make more room for Safeway's products. Many national brands were cleared off of Acme's selves when Safeway's brands took over.
Giant barrel above the liquor department!
Great front-end! Huge fans above the registers. Old-timey register lights which can clearly be seen from any direction. And... EIGHT registers open when the store wasn't even terribly busy!