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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