Location: 1506 State Route 23, Butler, NJ
The Butler Stop & Shop has sat abandoned since the store relocated to the former Kinnelon Pathmark in October 2015. The replacement store is just across Route 23. I hoped to visit this place when it was still open but never made it. Wound up passing it on my way to the Jefferson Acme and had to stop for a closer look. I do love an abandoned supermarket!
Grand Union opened here back in 1971 with Stop & Shop taking over the space in 2001 when GU went out of business. I'll never forget the day I watched the GU employees walking out of the corporate offices for the last time. It was all over the news. One of the saddest days in the history of supermarkets. I actually thought Stop & Shop would keep some of Grand Union's products and services but no, they got rid of absolutely everything that made Grand Union great.
Stop & Shop dressed up the facade with some dormers and a gate along the top after Grand Union shut down. A similar treatment was done to the the Stop & Shop in Sayville, You can have a look by clicking here.
As small as this store was, it apparently drew some big crowds. We'll see some evidence of that in the satellite views.
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The place is cleared out with not much of anything left on the walls. The only design element left behind is the floor which I believe is from Grand Union's early 90's remodels. Back then, they kept a very similar look to their 80's remodeled stores but swapped out the red and white color scheme for green and yellow.
Stop & Shop added these offices along with their clock.
The Stop & Shop logo can still be seen but it did not show up in this photo with the sun glare. I resorted to doing some tricks in Photoshop to get make it visible...
Still a great looking store!
Stop & Shop road kill at the entrance.
Birds eye views on Bing maps are apparently being done away with. They rarely exist these days for any store I research. This is a 3D view from Google Earth. Kinda lame.
Notice the packed parking lot at the Stop & Shop!
Grand Union under construction in 1971.
You can view some photos of the new Stop & Shop at the Kinnelon Mall by clicking here.