Sunny day photos provided by Greg Prichard
Location: 601 West LancasterAve, Bryn Mawr PA
The Bryn Mawr Acme opened August 11, 1956 and is scheduled to close on May 12 with demolition to begin shortly thereafter. Unlike many store closing on this blog, this one has a happy ending! A brand new "flagship" Acme will rise from the rubble of the old store. Construction is to occur over a 10 month period with the opening date set for next March... barring any delays. (And there have been numerous delays in recent years as all the details for the new store were worked out between all the various parties involved.)
The overcast photos were taken during my visit this past February. Thanks to Greg's pictures we have a few images of the of the store on a much nicer day. Greg is a contributing member of the Radnor Historical Society. You can check out his "History of Acme Markets In Wayne" by clicking here.
The tower seen here will not be spared. It will come down with the rest of the store. The one bit of disappointing news is that the exterior of the new store will be as generic as they come and will have little architectural interest. It's unfortunate that a more unique design was not created to fit in with the other buildings in town. The "flagship" description that Acme has attached to the project must refer to the interior only. Even with the new store increasing in size by 10,000 square feet, the Bryn Mawr Acme will remain among the smallest stores in the chain.
Heading around the corner to the "front" of the store...
Customer Service is now located in this brick section that extends out to the sidewalk. Most likely an addition that was done with the 90's remodel. Front windows and entrance just beyond this section...
Another one of Greg's photos above. Put's the winter sky in my photos to shame! The pyramid added over the entrance during the early 90's. A small addition was also done to the right side which now houses the Deli and Bakery prep areas.
Acme is ready for it's close up! The Bryn Mawr store had a quick cameo in the movie The Sixth Sense. This scene takes place at approximately the one hour mark. Mom and haunted son leave the Acme looking very weighed down by the odd goings on in their lives. Mom decides to lighten the mood and starts pushing the cart faster and faster. They arrive at the their car all smiles with their tension broken for just a few seconds. And scene.
In we go to see an alternative version of the Industrial Circus decor...
The Industrial Circus decor was revamped with a slightly classier look at some point. The bold, block letters replaced with cursive. Corrugated steal on department signs and aisle markers replaced with copper. Yellow checkerboard pattern on the walls above service departments replaced with all green tiles. You see other minor differences throughout the store. A similar version of this decor can also be found in the King of Prussia store.
Can you spot the missing decor items above?
Strange signage here. The "Meat &" is virtually lost hanging so far above "Seafood".
The red columns have a wood-grain finish here. (Hard to see in this blurry photo). Notice too that slatted wood in place of corrugated steel in the previous version of this decor package.
A kinder and gentler approach to the department signage from the old version of this decor package.
Above is an example of the more commonly seen department sign style for this decor package.
Dairy is the 7th aisle. I can't remember how many aisles there were exactly. All depends on whether they consider the first grocery aisle as aisle 1 or 2.
Floorplan above is far from 100% accurate but it does give you an idea of how the store is laid out. The Deli and Bakery are located in a small addition to the store. The counters line up along the original exterior wall. Customer Service is also located in a small addition made to the front of the store.
Dairy runs along this wall. The new building will extend past this alley and out to the street.
Looks as though this side alley will remain intact with the new building ending at about the same spot as the old. This may be the only side that will not be extended beyond it's current location.
The Jaguar dealership next door. Acme will not be expanding the foot print of the store onto this property, rather a portion of the land will be utilized for delivery trucks to turn and back into the delivery bays on the new store. Remaining space will be used for additional customer parking.
Acme has been eyeing an expansion onto to the Jaguar property since 1985. I'm not sure how long ago it closed but I believe it has been several years.
Update 5.14.11: The Acme has closed and the Jaguar has been flattened. For additional information and pictures of the leveled car dealership over at BrynMawr-Galwyne Patch, please click here.
Up for some aerials...
The Deli and Bakery addition clearly seen here.
Out with the old and in with the new...
Check out renderings of the new Acme here.
(Click on the aerial rendering to switch to the exterior rendering)
To anyone who lives near this store, if there is any chance you can snap some photos as the old store comes down and the new one goes up I would greatly appreciate it! I will post any photos that come in to keep us all in the loop as the new "flagship" Acme takes shape. See you at the Grand Opening!