Location: 350 Young Avenue, Moorestown NJ
The Moorestown Acme opened in March 2003, replacing the "small Acme" located in the center of town. After getting off to a strong start, Wegmans opened a stones throw away in 2006 . The Acme managed to survive for five years but will now call it quits on February 26, 2011. Yet another example of Acme's inability to fend off a competitor.
Moorestown has been previously featured on the blog with a focus on the old abandoned downtown location.
Correction 2.24.11: When I first wrote this post, I questioned the accuracy of the information I included in the original Moorestown post. Namely... how long the old Acme remained in business after this new location opened. A friendly commenter posted the correct information...
"I worked in both Moorestown stores. The small store stayed open about two years after the big one opened. It was part of a deal Acme made with the township. The big store was the biggest store in the chain and was its baby until Wegmans opened up."
Another "Anonymous" commenter really let me have it for getting the information wrong and accused me of not doing the proper research. It's always the anonymous people who do the most trashing of this blog and of Acme. As much as I strive for 100% accuracy in every post that goes up on Acme Style, there are going to be posts that have incorrect information. I always try to correct errors as quickly as possible as additional information comes in but having over 100 stores on the blog now it can be difficult keeping up with every single one of them. I know most of you are understanding of this. The rest of you can either offer friendly corrections to what is reported here or move along to another blog that meets your standards.
Now back to the Moorestown Acme...
This post will provide an extensive tour of the interior which wasn't provided in the original post. The interior pictures are courtesy an anonymous contributor and will provide are very detailed look at the Albertsons Marketplace decor. As noted by a commenter to the original post, the new store has windows along the roof line similar to those in the old store.
This store is absolutely massive. It may very well be one Acme's largest. It does seem unnecessarily large however giving it the feeling of a huge warehouse. Perhaps a more intimate shopping experience here would have helped to counter the overblown shopping experience of Wegmans. Comments left after various articles on the closing of this store reveal that many Moorestown residents would prefer an alternative to the madness of Wegmans yet are not willing to pay the prices at Acme. Wegmans has been very successful in the past few years of changing it's perception of being a high-priced store. Something that Acme has yet to figure out how to do.
The Wild Harvest department not looking too inviting here. Acme's next round of decor, the Premium Fresh and Healthy package, maintains a similar store layout to these early to mid 2000's stores but reinvents the merchandising throughout the store. The newer PFH store loose the warehouse feel and offers a more intimate shopping experience by reducing the general lighting of the store and focusing attention on each department's merchandise.
The Albertsons Marketplace decor includes a big push on hair products.
The decor dies out in aisle 17.
The vitamin department could have used a little more of ashout-out here.
This photo taken just recently with the store having been cleared out of merchandise.
Unbelievable crowds at both Wegmans and Target. Seems as though Acme could have easily offered a compelling reason to pass by all of this craziness.
The "Small Acme", as it was affectionately referred to, closed the day after the new store opened. It remains abandoned to this day. The nearby Friends School purchased the property and spruced it up a bit by painting silhouettes of children on the windows. It's plans to convert the building into classroom space have apparently fallen through. Township officials would much rather see the building converted into retail space to help revitalize the downtown area. For detailed coverage of this store, please check out the original post.