Tuesday, June 28, 2011

America Stores Annual Report 1978

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And now for some extreme close-ups of the Acme store images...

Finally! A good look at the "deluxe" 70's Colonial Decor that I've mentioned but haven't had any pictures to show until now. (We have seen the basic decor at the Somers Point store.) One of the more deluxe elements of this package were the colonial styled lights up on the walls, which weren't working lights. Interesting to see them used along the Meat Department wall. They were more commonly used in Produce and Bakery. Interesting too that the Deli here is not the standard issue "Corner Deli". Perhaps that name got nixed as this Deli doesn't appear to be the corner of the store. If you look along the back of the meat cases (all the way to the right), you can see the brown and orange paneling that was used in the 70's decor. The panels are visible in the in the abandoned Bordentown and Rockaway stores where they were covered over during subsequent remodels.  

Check out the slate tile floor in the bottom left-hand corner. Standard issue in the 70's and early 80's Acmes. You can see a good close-up shot here. The Manasquan store still has the flooring in Produce. Probably the last store to have it. Nice wall treatment here too with the fake stone and wood planks behind the Produce sign.

The caption to these pictures indicates that this is a brand-new store but we can see from the signage that it's apparently a Grand Reopening. (Wow, do I love those banners!) Either way, this place got the deluxe treatment!

The signs above the front of the aisles were a mainstay until the mid 80's. I remember having to change them out a couple times a year. Not a fun project. The aisle markers here appear to have been designed to go along with the decor. You can see the more commonly used markers still hanging in the Mantua store. These were more of a generic marker that could be were to generate advertising income and remained in stores even through the 80's remodels. 

Very odd left side of the store. If you look closely you can see there are at least 12 aisles. Strange support structures below the dropped ceiling section. Looks as though this building may have been a former Penn Fruit store which Acme took over. The supports seem to indicate an arched ceiling which may be disguised by the drop ceiling over the center of the store. Not a standard 33M which was a popular back in the late 70's to early 80's. As great as these pictures are, we are still missing a view of Dairy and Bakery. The one thing I continue to be on the hunt for is a picture of the crazy gold and brown wallpaper used in the Bakery Departments. 

For all the Acme truck fans out there. Pretty cool seeing inside an old warehouse. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Acme and Former Acme – Yardville, NJ

Next stop... the Yardville Acme! You can't miss the place. Signs everywhere directing you to the store... 

Location: 4400 South Broad Street, Yardville/Trenton NJ

Overcast and interior photos courtesy of AceJay

This post marks a return of sorts to Yardville. The old pitched-roof store made an appearance on the blog back in March 2009. I had yet to visit the location so the post relied on a photo from flickr along with some satellite images. I've since been to Yardville several times but never got the best collection of photos together to do a worthwhile post. AceJay sent in an excellent sent of pictures about a year ago but I am only now getting them up on the blog. There was one key shot still missing from the collection that was holding up our return to Yardville. More details on that down below. 

From all indications, Yardville is a premier Acme location. Certainly one of the best looking 90's stores from the outside. Signage has been switched over to white but this store does not have the "Premium Fresh and Healthy" interior. 

"FOOD" labelscar.  The sign was removed back when the Sav-on Pharmacy signage was added to the front of the store. 

An unusual set-up for the receiving docks at the side of the store.

UPDATE: I originally reported this store as having an extensive remodel in the early 2000's as it's interior decor was used at that time. In a surprising twist, thanks to information suppiled by Bill Haines int the comments section, the Yardville store opened on October 9, 2001. Turns out this model of store lived on longer than the 90's. I thought it had been phased out by the end of the decade and was officially dead after Albertsons took over the chain in 1999.

Fun fact: A customer recently hit is big at the Yardville Acme! The store sold a $250,000 winning lottery ticket back in February. You can read about it here.   

In for some great interior photos...

Acme Theme Park Decor aka "Grocery Palace" (it's official name which I was informed of after I came up with the nickname for the decor package). Remodel not done at this location! The store opened with this decor package.  

One thing is for sure... this decor package is not cheap! Yardville does lack some of the props that are seen in other Acme Theme Park stores but Yardville's interior is extremely deluxe nonetheless. Besides Yardville and Milltown, does anyone know of other stores with this interior? I believe they are few and far between.

Milk mural is one of the only decent shots I was able to get of the interior. Stores built with "Grocery Palace"decor have a 3D barn up on the wall. Check out Milltown's milk department

Drop ceiling added over Frozen and Dairy.

I swear the first time I was in Yardville there was a giant town clock standing near the Floral Department. It was gone the next time I visited the store. Either that I was seeing things. 

Yardville does have the "Premium Fresh and Healthy" aisle and category markers.

The aerial images still show the front signage in red. 

Lack of room at the back of the property for the receiving docks.

Windows on right side of building also covered over, although these windows only serve as exterior decor.



And now over to the former pitched-roof store which is now... you guessed it... a CVS.

Location: 1 Sunnybrae Boulevard, Yardville NJ

Photos courtesy of AceJay

Sunny-day photos are from my last trip to the area. One of things holding up this post was a lack of interior CVS shots where the very front of the store still has the pitched-roof section in tact. This post would not have been complete without a closer look...

The registers line the front with the area above exposed all the way to the top of the peaked roof...

Very cool of CVS to keep the glass front here. Certainly adds some interesting atmosphere to the store. Looks like they did replace the old Acme interior tiles with glass panels. 

The building still screams "I used to be an Acme!"

A before and after look...

Image courtesy of subliculous' photostream on flickr




I don't have an opening date for this store but from the date of this aerial shot we can see that this store was built near the very end of the pitched-roof era.