Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Former Acme – Haddon Heights, NJ

Location: 400 Kings Highway, Haddon Heights, NJ

Classic photo courtesy of Michael Lisicky

Today we're having a look at the former Haddon Heights Acme. The classic picture above has been previously featured on the blog but at the time I hadn't yet made a visit to the location. Certainly not a big surprise that CVS now occupies the building but it is somewhat of a surprise how intact they left the original structure.

The Acme opened on June 2, 1966 replacing an older store built in 1947 which was located on White Horse Pike (exact address unknown). The original store may have been located on this property to the right of the pitched-rood model. We'll see some evidence of this in the historic images. The building's store front could have been on White Horse Pike which intersects Kings Highway at the corner of this property. Ultimately, it's impossible to tell from the historic images if the original Acme was located here as well. I'm just going on a hunch. Hopefully someone will be able to confirm the address for us for the 40's store.

CVS added an awning and reconfigured the entrances. They also a put in a drop ceiling inside but left the front window exposed all the way up to the pitch. We'll take a look at that down below. CVS did a similar treatment to the former pitched-roof store in Yardville, NJ.

While the overall structure is very much intact, CVS has done a lot of work to the building. The front and right side has all new brick.

Looking up at the windows from the inside...

This also happens to be a very upscale CVS. Easily the nicest CVS I've even been in. The store is quite large too as it doesn't share any of the space with another retailer. Unfortunately, I didn't take any additional photos of the interior.

The original red brick is seen along the left side and back and about 2/3 of the right side.

Trees obscure our view of the back of the store. We'll go in closer for a look at some scars...

Second floor window here.

Compressor room door there.

Since the back of the store backs up to a parking lot, Acme's delivery doors when on the side of the building.

Aerial Images

Historic Images





The pitch-roof store had yet to arrive in 1965 but we do see the other building on the left that may have been the first Haddon Heights Acme. Some additions had been done as you can see when you compare the building to the photo below.

Update 9.24.14: Bill Haines confirmed it in the comments... my hunch was correct! The building seen above is the original Acme from 1947.

Could this have been the Acme built in 1947?

Photo courtesy of subliculous on flickr

The Acme fish-eye sign tragically painted over in black shortly after the store closed. 

An interesting comment left under the previous Haddon Heights post...

This was a very busy active Acme even though there were other grocery chains in the area. Community was very established and Acme abandon it. I don't think former customers were rushing over to the one in Audubon. They had competition from Pathmark in Lawnside which closed and was taken over by ShopRite recently.


  1. This is one of CVS' "Store of the Future" locations, a much more upscale looking remodel to compete with Rite Aid's Wellness stores. They've already decided it's too expensive to roll out chainwide however, so you'll only see it in high income neighborhoods.

  2. Yes, you are correct! The 1947 Acme is at 90 degrees from the new Acme. It may have had parking in the rear and a rear entrance, similar to Maple Shade and Merchantville. The 1947 Acme was pictured in the 1947 annual report for American Stores Company.

  3. It seems odd that they would put so much effort into a nearly 50 year old building. Often, they would simply demolish and build something new.

    1. I don't know... I think these pitched-roof stores had excellent bones.

    2. there usually are accounting reasons for retiring stores (they're fully depreciated) or a combination of issues like outmoded systems, asbestos abatement, etc. that make it cost effective to demolish even if the building is structurally sound.

  4. This store, and the former Jenkintown store that is now a Whole Foods (featured in Acme Style on 03/16/12), show that Acme's A-frames are solid structures that can be reused in very attractive ways!