Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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  1. The Bristol Road Bensalem Acme now has the Beer & Wine sign up on the side of the building, and I believe they took the "Sav-on Pharmacy" sign down from the side of the building as well. i don't have a pic of the sign, since it was dark out when I visited the store this past Thursday.

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    1. Interesting! Where are they putting in the Frosted Mug-- in the produce alcove? I can't picture it in that store!

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    2. From what I saw, the Frosted Mug & Wine will be placed in what is currently Isle #1 (10 For 10/Shop The World).

      Also, the "Sav-on Pharmacy" sign has been taken down on the outside of the building, except for the Shopping Center sign. That will eventually be replaced. Will be posting pics on my Flickr page.

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    3. Ah, ok. Also, I noticed that Google Maps has been referring the Sav-On pharmacies as "ACME Markets Pharmacy"... possible nudge to get Sav-On out?

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    4. Google Maps have been doing the same thing for the Albertsons Sav-on and Albertsons Osco stores out on the west coast as well

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  2. On Friday, I paid a visit to the abandoned Pathmark in Hackensack. I didn't manage to get pictures of the back, as I was rushed away by incoming rain. Nonetheless, I got some good pictures of the exterior, which still has most of its signage, as well as the interior, which is still intact. All the Go Fresh, Go Local signs are still in place, most of the aisles still remain complete with aisle markers, and the checkouts look like they could be used at any second, to the point where the screen on one of the self-checkouts was still on. As I said, I plan on going back soon to inspect the property further in the near future, but for now, I'm satisfied with what I've seen.

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    1. Neat! I plan to re-visit the A&P in Clinton, NJ as it is abandoned in late November.

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  3. northjersey.com has an article this morning about the closing of the Bergenfield store. The article also says that the South Plainfield store is closing.

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    1. Thanks GSP! I’ll get a post up about all of this today.

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    2. WOW, that is news that So. Plainfield will close! I guess the S/R across the street [in the old Pathmark] was too much for them.

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  4. Acme of Yonkers NY will be closing for three months to complete a major store renovation. The store first opened as a Waldbaums and was later converted to an A&P Food Market, then ACME. Not sure when it will close, I am assuming after the holidays are over.

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    1. Three months?! Three months! In Yonkers?! Are they Yonkers? (Bad joke...) Well, I guess its time for that store. Big city, outdated store. Surprised A&P didn't renovate this place!

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    2. Seems like a bad idea. Cherry Valley Marketplace on Broadway (maybe a mile west of the Acme) did a big renovation while they kept the store open, right? People are going to find another store while Acme is closed, and if they like it, they won't come back.

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    3. Yeah, I agree. They shouldn't close stores for renovations unless its a seasonal business (Like Beach Haven and Sea Isle City)... but obviously they will keep customers, as the Bryn Mawr ACME is now doing more business than it did before.

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  5. What does everyone think of the new turnstyle bagging gadgets they put in the Giant/Stop & Shop locations? I think it's horrible! Talk about a front-end disaster. It used to take 5 minutes for checkout with us bagging our own groceries, but now it takes 15 with the cashier, as the customers can't help them, because there's so little space! Also, the S&S in Phillipsburg has a serious problem with them-- they're installed WAY too close to the scanning area, so the cashier's arms get stuck in them! Thoughts, please!

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    1. A lot of the former Pathmatks that Acme took over have similar bag turnstyles. I hate them because I like to bag my own and use my reusable bags.

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    2. Seems if they thought they were helpful, leaving some sort of foldable (or otherwise movable) section of counter that would go over them would have been a good idea. That would have allowed them to convert easily when there was a person to bag (or a customer that would do so themselves).

      Of course, the bags wouldn't get filled up so fast (in many cases) if they knew how to fill them (which seems to be lost in most stores any more).

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    3. That is the main reason I bag my own where I can. Bags can hold more than 3 items, and I don't need anything double-bagged thank you very much.

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    4. Same here! Drives me nuts when cashiers put something like a gallon of water in a bag. It has a handle! It's doesn't need to go into a plastic bag!!

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    5. If I have multiple gallons to carry, I don't mind as much.

      I recently moved from the shore to Cherry Hill. For some reason, down here they double-bag EVERYTHING. It drives me insane.

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    6. Acme Style -- I agree! The Giant I shop at is literally the location with completely reusable bags. Also, isn't Ahold-Delhaize on a sustainability campaign? Seems odd that they'd waste money to put these plastic bag machines in. And I agree about the water! When I went to the S&S (Yes, I live in close proximity to a Giant and an S&S-- it's confusing to the locals around here when they go out to NJ.) they triple-bag a gallon of water! Who would've thought it?!

      William Graham-- I also agree. Every single customer who shops at my local store HATES it. One of my relatives actually caught one of the executives from corporate (They visit our store a lot, they're doing a major remodel) and asked him why they had the new systems in. The guy didn't even answer-- he just walked away!

      Mike-- Yeah, seriously. I think why they did this is to compete with Walmart (not sure if your WM has the turnstyle bagging).


      Overall thought, carry your gallon waters and put back the regular bagging system. They also just killed the bagboy job!

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    7. At Trader Joe's and Mom's Organic in Center City they double bag PAPER even if it's just one item....and they go on about preaching sustainability to boot!!

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    8. That JUST happened to me!!! I was in the new Trader Joes in North Brunswick this past week. Bought one item. The cashier put it in a doubled paper bag! I told her I could just carry out out. No bags necessary.

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    9. Trader Joe's has plastic bags and will use them if you ask.

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    10. I never use plastic bags. I bring my own bags unless I'm just buying one item that I can carry out of the store without a bag.

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    11. When we go grocery shopping, we use our own bags mostly, including a giant freezer bag, though we use plastic for some of the fragile items (bread, tortilla chips) and for the meat we get. We use the same system at Costco.

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    12. It's funny that you say that about TJ, Acme Style. The same thing always happens to me at the Turkey Hill (Convenience Stores). We could have an item, and they'd put it in a bag. We could have 25 items, and they WON'T put it in a bag! Ridiculous training.

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  6. There is a Tops Market in my town that is closing down and there are a decent amount of rumors that Acme might pick it up. If anybody can find anything on it that I cant, I would like to know. The address to the store is Tops Friendly Markets, 1357 U.S. 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Thanks

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    1. Seems like they're having enough trouble with the stores they've got. Can't imagine they'd go for it unless they can get it for a song.

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    2. Yeah that's true Mike; now that I think about it there are a decent amount of grocery stores in the area.

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    3. Unless they think that one would help them out by giving them a bit more "exposure"?

      Only since the other stores nearby they got from A&P were in the smaller town areas, while this one is right on Route 9, a major route in the area with much higher traffic levels.

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  7. I also bag my own groceries. The turnstyles haven't effected me yet, as I ALWAYS use self checkout. Always.

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    1. I do the same thing all the tine at the Bristol Road Acme Pharmacy.

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  8. Owners of the Oakland Giant Farmers Market is opening a new location in the old Waldwick Stop & Shop. It's expected to open in early 2018. This will put a hurt on the Allendale ACME. The farmers market in Oakland has great prices as I save at least 50% on produce then what I pay at ACME. They also have a deli, fresh meats, susci bar, along with other specialty items.

    Rumor was that Foodtown wanted the location but the landlord refused to upgrade the building to what Foodtown was asking.

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