Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Abandoned Acme! Mantua, New Jersey

Photos courtesy of Erica R.

Location: 222 Bridgeton Pike, Mantua, New Jersey

The classic Mantua Acme closed back in February of this year. The store was a "yet-to-be announced" location from the closing list that SuperValu released in September 2012. This list included 60 stores with only four being Acme Markets. Those locations include Glassboro, Morrisville, Sharon Hill and Stevensville. Rumors were that other Acmes would be announced as various logistics were resolved. Fortunately the company was sold not long after and there have been no additional closings.

Erica took these pictures in June. Current state of the store is unknown at this time.

Mantua was a classic Acme with the 33M layout, 80's Remodel checkerboard floor and the late 90's Convenience Store decor package.

Acme clock remains but appears stripped of all of it's graphics. For a look at this what this clock would have looked like back in the day, click here.

To take a tour of the store while it was still open, please click here.


  1. Thank you for posting the pictures I sent you. It's too bad my copy of these had been deleted though. But that's okay. I can always view them here.

  2. This store was laid out like the old Super Saver Acme in Mt. Holly. The 33M stores will be missed.

    1. Check back on Friday for an intact 33M that's still open and nicely remodeled!

    2. What about 33M stores that were expanded in the 90s and became 90s Remodels.

  3. I get the feeling Total Wine (& More) will open at this site. Total Wine now has over 50 stores all over the USA, but their first store in Claymont DE (opened in 1991 originally under the Liquor World name) was more than tripled in size when it expanded into the whole of the former Acme next door, which closed around 2000. That Acme was identical to this store in Mantua, except the Claymont store started as a Super Saver. On the Ames Fan Club Acme forum, there used to be a picture from 1995 of the former Super Saver in Northeast Philadelphia with the 80's Acme oval logo. Unfortunately that photo got lost somehow and I didn't think to save it when I saw it a few years ago. Michael Rambo, a frequent contributor to a number of Greater Philly retail history sites, might be able to send that photo to this blog, as he took it himself. The Northeast Philly store is now this Staples: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62355920@N00/3612556521/

    And here's the Claymont store: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62355920@N00/5483444796/

    Total Wine would be competing with the Canal's liquor store in a third of the former Two Guys/Jefferson Ward/Bradlees in Woodbury, seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62355920@N00/6356682619/

    I'm sure the two could coexist peacefully though, because a Wineworks store (very similar to Total Wine) is across the street from a Canal's in Marlton, about 20 miles north of Woodbury/Mantua.

    Half of this former Acme in Wilmington became the second Total Wine store, but I'm not sure when: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62355920@N00/6024110602/

    What's strange is that this Total Wine is only about 10,000 square feet, but the Claymont store and the one in Cherry Hill NJ are both about 30,000.

    Not 100% sure but I think this Acme was replaced in the late 70's/early 80's by this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62355920@N00/6024110600/sizes/l/

    If so, it's a mystery what the Total Wine half of the original Acme in town was between when Acme closed and Total Wine opened. I read once that the whole of this former Acme was once an A&P-owned "Plus" grocery outlet, but assuming that closed at the same time as the regular A&Ps in the area, there still must have been something else between when Plus closed and Total Wine opened.

  4. I would have sworn this location was a Kmart.(that's not a Kmart joke.)

  5. The Total Wine in Claymont was a Acme that had closed a year before TWM (Total Wien & More) took it over. As for TWM bringing more into NJ they can not, you can only own 2 Liquor License in NJ and each brother David and Robert Trone each have 2 in NJ, Cherry Hill, Rivers Edge, Union and West Orange.