Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from Acme Style!

One final post for the year to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! There will be no grand finale post this year and unfortunately no additional posts until next year. Once the holidays are over, I plan to get back to working on Acme Style. There have been far too many obstacles and distractions thrown my way over the past few months. I do believe better days are just ahead. Lots of good things yet to come to the blog! Posting will resume on January 16th. See you then!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Former Acme – Orange, New Jersey

Location: 53 South Jefferson St, City of Orange, NJ

I ventured to the former Orange Acme back in September 2013. Wound up throwing the pictures in the vault since it didn't prove to be very exciting. I was hoping the interior retained a good amount of of the former Acme's attributes. It does not. While it is painfully dated inside, there isn't much of anything left over from Acme. We'll have a brief tour of the inside of the store down below. The photos are pretty blurry which is another reason this store got sent to the Acme Style vault.

Acme opened here January 29, 1957. Closing date unknown. My guess would be sometime in the 80's. Acme pulled the plug on lots of North Jersey Acmes as the 80's Remodel was rolled out. There is one historic image available from 1987 but, unfortunately, it is not very clear. The next earliest image is from 1979 and the script logo across the awning can be seen in the image. Funny how the more recent historic images can't hold a candle to the one from 1979!

One thing that is still very much intact here is the giant Acme sign! The store is now a Super Supermarket with nothing super about it. Wait until you see how the ripped off ShopRite's logo.

Looks like there's a chimney on the back corner. Not often seen on a 50's store. There may be a basement here. I can't find any signs of a second floor in the aerial images.

Heading inside...

The layout is completely flipped from what would have been here in the 50's. Produce is now along the left wall where the entrance is located and Dairy is along the right wall. All signs are this place was mostly gutted after Acme left with very little updating having been done since then. No sign of any Acme flooring and the florescent tube lights that would have been on the ceiling have been removed. The store is now plastered with neon lights, many of which are not working.

Looking up toward the entrance. The Deli is to the right.

Looking along the back wall. I don't believe the meat cases are left over from the Acme. While these cases are similar to the ones from the 80's Remodel, they're not exactly the same. I do think this place was remodeled in the 80's, just not by Acme.

Some old school frozen food cases....

Dairy along the right wall...

A look across the front-end. The registers are just beyond the displays on the left. The store doesn't really have an Acme feel to it anymore. I think this is partially due to the fact that the place is absolutely packed with inventory.

The Acme clock is still here!

Now with ShopRite inspired logos.


A liquor store runs along the side of the building. The structure exists as far back as the 1966 historic aerial image which is the earliest available.



1995 was a rough year for satellite imagery. It's not helping that the historic aerial website is now chopping up images on a regular basis.


Now in color! If you look closely along the awning you can see the shadows from the "Acme Markets" script logo.


Looking crisp and clean in 1966!


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Former Acme – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Photos courtesy of dougbalt

Location: 2132 East Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Today we're visiting yet another former Acme that is now a Save A Lot. The pictures come to us courtesy of dougbalt. Help with covering former stores in Philadelphia is always appreciated as there are a ton waiting to make their way to the blog.

This location opened December 2, 1964 and closed in 1990, long before SuperValu took over Acme in 2006. Save A Lot currently operates in numerous former Acme stores. I don't believe any Acme was closed for the sole purpose of being converted to a Save A Lot. I'm actually not even sure how many stores SuperValu closed prior to 2009 when Acme Style launched. Below is the complete list of closings from 2009 until Cerberus took over in 2013...

Mantua, PA
Glassboro, NJ
Morrisville, PA
Sharon Hill, PA
Stevensville, MD
Cinnaminson, NJ
Fallston, MD 
Limerick, PA
Millville, NJ
Moorestown, NJ
Wayne, PA
Rockaway, NJ
Jersey City, NJ
Princeton Junction, NJ
Newton, NJ
Ambler, PA
West Chester, PA
Collegeville, PA
Newton, NJ 
Abescon, NJ
Freehold, NJ
Marlboro, NJ

The other stores I can pull up from memory which SuperValu closed are Harve de Grace and Quakertown. Does anyone know of others? I would like to put together a definitive list at some point. Another list I would love to make is all the stores that were closed under Albertsons leadership from 1999 to 2006. Not even sure where to start as I know a lot of stores were closed during those years and tracking down articles online from that long ago is not an easy task.

Update: Two more stores closed under SuperValu include Freehold and Marlboro. Thanks to Albertsons Florida Blog for pointing them out! And one more added to the list... Abescon, NJ!

Back to the Lehigh Ave Save A Lot... interesting store built next door. Looks like a mini-Acme! According the historic images, this building arrived sometime after the Acme had left.

Naturally a drop ceiling has been added inside. Doug noted that most aisles run perpendicular to the front of the store.

Customer Service is in about the same spot as it would have been in the Acme.

A look around back. The awning has been removed at this end. Very small air vent cover at the top of the pithed-roof. If you look closely to the left of the air vent cover you can see the 4 second floor windows are bricked over.

The newer building next door is on the left.

Doug took a picture of Trenton Avenue and all of its cobblestone glory!


A wide-shot of the former Acme's location.





1995 is the first year we see the building next door. 

The next available image shows the former Acme standing alone. 

About 3 years old here.


Thanks to Doug for the photos of this former Acme!