Friday, July 24, 2015

Sea Isle City Acme to be replaced?

Location: 6212 Landis Ave, Sea Isle City, NJ

An anonymous comment came in this morning saying the Sea Isle City Acme will be torn down this fall and replaced with a larger store. After a quick Google search, I did find an article on that mentions the plans to replace this classic store. Here's an excerpt...

It looks like the Sea Isle Acme which may the smallest supermarket in the world, is going to be torn down after the summer of 2015 and replaced with a new larger Acme. Several Acme employees have said that the new store will run the full length of the shopping center and be raise several feet in order to comply with building codes and avoid flooding. The others stores in the shopping center may be relocated to the side of the current parking lot behind the CVS.

No official word to be found at this time but I'll keep my eyes pealed for some. I would think Acme would be advertising the news like they did with the Beach Haven store last summer if this plan was a sure thing. To view coverage of one of Acme's oldest stores, please click here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015





List courtesy of A&P:

A&P (2007 State Route 35, Wall Township, NJ)
A&P (100 Triangle Center, Yorktown, NY)
A&P (137 Lake Street, Midland Park, NJ)
A&P (125 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ)
A&P (1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ)
A&P (610 Columbus Avenue, Thornwood, NY)
A&P (2160 Lemoine Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ)
A&P (520 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, NJ)
A&P (660 Mclean Avenue, Yonkers, NY)
A&P (3105 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY)
A&P (123-125 Main Street, Denville, NJ)
A&P (125 18th Street, Jersey City, NJ)
A&P (45 Demercurio Drive, Allendale, NJ)
A&P (2005 Albany Post Road, Croton on Hudson, NY)
A&P (1511 Route 22, Brewster, NY)
A&P (801 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth NJ)
A&P (907D Oak Tree Road, South Plainfield, NJ)
A&P (5774 Berkshire Valley Road, Jefferson Township, NJ)
A&P (530 Route 515 Unit 1, Vernon, NJ)
A&P (1233 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY)
A&P (507 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver, NJ)
A&P (614 Clinton Street, Hoboken, NJ)
A&P (Route 22 and Route 138, Golden Bridge, NY)
A&P (829 Route 82, Hopewell Junction, NY)
A&P (12-14 Cedar Street, Bronxville, NY)
A&P (510 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ)
A&P (1201 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT)
A&P (422 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY)
A&P (3 Village Center, Mahopac, NY)
A&P (1060 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ)
A&P (230 Saw Mill River Road, Millwood, NY)
A&P (5 Ortley Plaza, Ortley Beach, NJ)
A&P (455 Route 23, North Sussex, NJ)
A&P (261 South Ridge Street, Rye Brook, NY)
A&P (160 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT)
A&P (1886 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY)
A&P (152 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ)
A&P (1261 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside, CT)
A&P (777 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY)
A&P (199 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge, NJ)
A&P (103 Knollwood Road, Greenburgh, NY)
A&P (1366 East Main Street, Shrub Oak, NY)
A&P (55 Riverwalk Drive West New York, NJ)
A&P (23 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY)
A&P (Route 44 and North Avenue, Pleasant Valley, NY)
A&P (288 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT)
A&P (990 Shrewsbury Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ)
A&P (3500 Route #9, Old Bridge, NJ)
A&P (75 Mayhill Street, Saddle Brook, NJ)
A&P (177 Washington Valley Road, Warrenville, NJ)
Pathmark (321 Stadium Plaza, Jersey City, NJ)
Pathmark (58 Broad Way, Elmwood Park, NJ)
Pathmark (481 River Road, Edgewater, NJ)
Pathmark (2101-41 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA)
Pathmark (4100 Park Avenue, Weehawken, NJ)
Pathmark (80 New Bridge Road, Bergenfield, NJ)
Pathmark (281-295 Ferry Street, Newark, NJ)
Pathmark (5100 Wellington Avenue, Ventnor, NJ)
Pathmark (7700 Crittenden Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Pathmark (100 College Square, Newark, DE)
Pathmark (4365 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington , DE)
Pathmark (643 Conchester Highway, Boothwyn, PA)
Superfresh (180 West Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA)
Superfresh (9507 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD)
Superfresh (1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown, PA)
Superfresh (609 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ)
Superfresh (800 2nd Street, Pike Richboro, PA)
Superfresh (1812 Marsh Road, Wilmington, DE)
Superfresh (305 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Superfresh (800 West Avenue, Ocean City, NJ)
Superfresh (1001 South Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Superfresh (18578 Coastal Highway Rehoboth, DE
Superfresh (2400 Delaware Avenue, Wildwood, NJ)
Superfresh (250 East Lancaster, Wynnewood, PA)
Superfresh (1025 Youngs Ford Road, Gladwyne, PA)
Superfresh (401 New London Road, Newark, DE)

Note: Competing bids could still be placed for any of these locations. 
A&P has requested that any additional bids
be placed by September 11, 2015.

Thanks to everyone for sending in the list!
I had called it a day when the news broke.
A couple of thoughts as all of this sinks in...
WOW! Acme to return to it's spot in New Providence. NJ!
And returning to the same property where it once 
had a store in Ortely Beach! 
The Shrewsberry Acme relocating to a bigger store! 
Acme taking over a very high-volume Jersey City store! 
A second location in Ocean City, NJ!
A second location in Wildwood, NJ!
My area is going from ZERO Acmes to EIGHT NEW locations!!!
Acme Style to become an ACME SHOPPER once again!

Congratulations to Acme
for nearly doubling its count!

Pretty amazing what can happen when our favorite supermarket chain
is owned by a company who wants to keep it in business!

One final item:
Yesterday's visitor count to Acme Style
was the largest in the blog's entire history! 

Monday, July 20, 2015


A&P to close 25 stores to close immediately...

List courtesy of

A&P (2101 Route 35, Holmdel, NJ)* 
A&P (325 Highway 35 South, Cliffwood, NJ)
Pathmark (1764 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY)
Pathmark (115 Belmont Avenue, Belleville, NJ)
Pathmark (450 West Swedesford Road, Berwyn, PA)
Pathmark (2150 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY)
Pathmark (85 Ackerman Avenue, Clifton, NJ)
Pathmark (895 Paulison Avenue, Clifton, NJ)
Pathmark (50 Racetrack Road & Route 18, East Brunswick, NJ)
Pathmark (561 Route 1, Edison, NJ)
Pathmark (420 McDade Boulevard, Folsom, PA)
Pathmark (651 North Stiles Street, Linden, NJ)
Pathmark (1043 Route 9 North, Old Bridge, NJ)
Pathmark (840 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA)
Pathmark (85 Franklin Mills Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA)
Pathmark (1256 Indian Head Road, Toms River, NJ)
Pathmark (300 South Best Avenue, Walnutport, PA)
Pathmark (3901 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE)
Superfresh (1301 Skippack Pike, Center Square, PA)
Superfresh (2105 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE)
Superfresh (863 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA)
Superfresh (1851 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA)
Waldbaums (2 Westbury Avenue, Carle Place, NY)
Waldbaums (3620 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY)
Waldbaums (1510 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY)

*Wow! They lost a bundle remodeling this store.
You can view the super deluxe Holmdel store on the blog
by clicking here. (It's at the bottom of the Bonus Store post)

Stop and Shop acquires 25 New York stores...

This leaves 95 stores on the table for the first round of sell offs. 



Details at

USAToday is reporting that 25 stores are expected to close immediately.

And this from the

The parent, with its stores stretched across the Northeast, has already struck preliminary agreements to sell or shutter about half of its nearly 300 locations, insiders said. Prospective acquirers aren’t likely to operate many locations under their previous banners, they said. 

“It’s feeding frenzy, A&P is being picked apart like a corpse,” according to one industry insider. “The company you and your parents knew will be gone.” 

As reported by The Post, the Acme Store group of Philadelphia, owned by the parent of Albertsons and Safeway, was in talks last week to acquire nearly 80 of the A&P parent’s locations. 

Dutch grocery giant Ahold, owner of Stop & Shop, also has been eyeing stores.

Screen grab of A&P's website...

This doesn't sound good... "Many of our stores are open for business"
Yikes. It would have been bad news if they said 
"Most" at this point, let alone "Many"

Wednesday, July 15, 2015



This news just in from the New York Post. Thanks to Dave W. for posting it under the monthly discussions. I am continuing to enjoy summer vacation but will be posting any additional information
as it becomes available. You can check out the Post's article by clicking here. The Post is reporting that A&P will completely cease to exist after the bankruptcy. An article on has A&P claiming the information in the Post is incorrect. You can  jump to that article by clicking here

Monday, July 6, 2015

Programming Note:


Posting will resume on Friday, September 4th.
Have a great summer everyone!


  The Cerberus era is coming to an end.  
Albertsons Companies files for IPO. 
Details at and

Friday, July 3, 2015

Remodeled Cape May Court House!

Location: 11 South Dennis Rd Cape May Court House, NJ

Here comes another surprise post... the Cape May Court House Acme has been fully remodeled! I discovered this on Acme's website when I was trying to track down grand opening day for the Ocean City store. Yet again, Acme made no mention of this store's grand reopening on their Facebook page. For a supermarket chain that keeps telling everyone they're getting better, I don't understand why they're not doing a better job promoting these remodels on social media or through local media outlets. Especially for the Jersey Shore stores which draw customers from all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the summer months. 

Quick recap of this store's history... Acme originally started out at the other end of this shopping center in a pitched-roof model. The building is now hidden for the most part by an expansion that happened in the center. In 1996, Acme opened in this spot which had previously been a Jamesway. The facade seen here was standard issue for the former Jamesway buildings as well as other stores that were expanded in the 90's. Surprisingly "FOOD•DRUG" remains after two rounds of remodels. 

The words on the awning under ACME "BEER•WINE•LIQUOR". The department has been renamed "The Frosted Mug" on the inside but does not have beer on tap. It's just your standard liquor department located in the center of the store. 

Cape May Court House is the first of the 90's stores to have been remodeled under the latest round of Albertsons' ownership. It would be nice to see it sweep to many more stores that are in need of freshening up. The sooner the old Albertsons Marketplace remodel is gone from the whole chain the better!

Welcome sign hung in the vestibule with a small updated logo.

The latest signage for the circular rack.

A look across the front-end from behind the checkouts. New flooring has gone in the entire perimeter of the the store which you see here. Old black and white photos line the walls which is typical for these Quality Built remodels.

Exciting new feature at this store... a row of 4 express registers with just one entrance...

Hard to get a great picture of this area without getting caught. The cashiers do enforce a strict "10 items only" policy. A customer was thrown out of the line for having too many items while I was taking pictures.

Updated layout in the Produce Deparment with organics taking the center of the department.

Quality Built has great signage for Produce and Dairy. Not so great for some of the service departments.

Here we can do a little before and after of this area...

This is how the store looked back in 2010 in the original post. It did have the more deluxe version of the Albertsons Marketplace remodel.

Like Beach Haven, some overly muted colors for the department signs.

The worst thing to happen with Acme cutting ties with SuperValue is the loss of the Culinary Circle breads. They were truly outstanding. Right up there with the breads that Wegmans offers. Now we're stuck with the same stuff sold at ShopRite and Stop and Shop. I saw a few breads from Safeway in the mix but nothing that was terribly exciting. At least Acme has a good selection, which is something I never find at my local ShopRite.

Gluten free and health food products in aisle 1. Just like Ocean City with the black shelving. Looks like Acme won't be naming this department now that the Wild Harvest brand is gone. O Organics and Open Nature products are located throughout the store with only a display or two in this area.

The original 90's tile remains in the aisles.

It's fascinating to me what Acme is doing with their aisles in these remodels. More streamlined then ever and fully stocked.

Dark wall color in the Meat Department which is more striking in person than it appears in the photos.

Same new cases thatwe've seen in Ocean City and Beach Haven. Quite a shine on that floor!

The tile along the back walls remains from the Albertsons Marketplace remodel.

Sorry but the Corner Deli signage needs some help. Get the NEW logo in there and pick a font that really brands the department. I know I keep repeating this but the Corner Deli sign in the Devon store is outstanding. This sign is just lazy and looks terrible with "ACME" crammed in at the top.

Below is the "before" of this area...

This treatment is a rare site in Albertsons Marketplace remodeled stores.

This long case is right across from the Deli. It lines the back of the liquor department which is why there is no access here to any aisles.

Side view of the liquor department. There is a center aisle through the frozen food department but no where else in the store. The Frosted Mug side door is straight ahead...

A look at frozen with all new cases.

Bright. Clean. Stocked. Better indeed.

The sloped ceiling up on the left of the photo has been painted all white. In fact the whole ceiling was painted! No water stained, messy tiles like we were seeing in SuperValu's remodels. A hint of the green paint that used to be on the sloped ceiling tiles is still showing through a bit.

The Hot Dogs and Breakfast Meats signs remain here from the early 2000's. It's the only two that I noticed in the store. Surprised they survived the remodel, let alone the late 2000's when they were removed completely from most stores.

The "Quality Built" sign is tucked back along Dairy. Not as visible as in other stores.

Sav•on branding remains here. Perhaps it's being decided on a store to store basis as to keep it. Below is a "before" picture of the Pharmacy signage.

Logo wall! Looking great here on the dark brown. I believe this area was reworked a lot in the remodel. Floral has been moved out onto the floor with displays arranged around the entrance. The  floral service counter has been moved to the front next to Customer Service.

The Frosted Mug! Still not open for the day when I was here.

Large helium balloon display along the front wall. Guess balloons are big business at this Acme!

Acme is definitely getting better this summer! 

A look at the pitched-roof store back in the corner now buried by an addition to the shopping center. 


The pitched-roof building has had a lot of work done the the back. No obvious features remain that can be seen in the aerial images. I though I could drive back here by coming around the left side of the shopping center but it was blocked off. The only way back is to come around the Acme. 

Let's hop across the street and head back in time just a bit...

SuperFresh arrived here in the early 90's before Acme moved into the Jamesway. Must have been a real blow to the outdated pitched-roof store but it wouldn't be long before Acme had them beat with a a bigger store. SuperFresh closed in early 2011 and is now a Big Lots.

Half of the store remains unused and you can see some labelscars along the awning.





Acme still in its original building with SuperFresh open across the street.

Acme and Jamesway going strong in 1991.

Acme clearly doing good business if all those trailers in the back are any indication. Would have loved to see this place with the 80's remodel! I didn't own a car back then that would even survive the trip to south Jersey.


I really hope Albertsons keeps these remodels coming. They are really bringing a whole new life to Acme.