Acme has returned to
Jersey City, New Jersey!
Location: 125 18th St, Jersey City, NJ
Opened November 4, 2015. Yet another store with just a banner and a left over Pharmacy sign. Interesting since the Hoboken store has the official sign and opened 4 days later. These pictures were taken last weekend, so it is possible a proper sign has since been installed.
This store was built in 1987 and I believe it started as a Waldbaums. The interior remained unchanged until the "fresh" remodel in the mid-2000's. I was surprised to discover the store had been built in '87. The interior was very 70's. Various shades of yellow and gold used throughout the store, from floor to ceiling. As I've mentioned before, the department signage was very odd. Each one looked like it was painted by elementary schools kids. I doubt they were original to the store. Judging from how everything else looked, I imagine the original department signage was just simple lettering.
When the fresh remodels kicked in high gear, I was puzzled why A&P was waiting so long to remodel this store. Despite being sorely dated, it seemed to do decent business. Add to that, the entire surrounding area was exploding with new apartment buildings and condos. I'll never forget the evening that I walked in here and saw a sign declaring the "fresh" remodel was coming soon! I then stared stopping in several times a week to watch the extensive transformation happen here. Once it was complete, this store became my go-to supermarket. I left it behind a few years ago when I moved a bit farther North. It also became unpleasant coming here on the weekends as the store was insanely busy.
Heading inside... we see the new lighting in Produce. I followed a woman into the store pushing a cart with her kid sitting in it. As soon as we walked in, she said "wow, they've cleaned the place up!" It is pleasantly bright even though the spot lights here did some sophistication which is lacking with the fluorescent tubes.
A look to the left of the entrance with the pizza station and café.
Customer Service across from the Café. Forgot to swing back around for a people-free shot. Nearly ran right into this woman.
New cases here for the organic produce.
Finally remembered to take a closer look to see if all of the shelving in the cases are new... they are! When I walked by that employee has started talking to someone else saying "all they want us to do is rotate, rotate, rotate..."
A closer look at the new shelving.
This was early in the morning so I'm not sure about the selections of hot foods. A&P started out with a large selection when this department was added but pared it down to almost nothing over the years.
Acme stripped this place of display. Almost looks too empty!
Bakery still looking great. This used to be the Deli before the fresh remodel. The Bakery was around the corner to the right and faced the front of the store.
Acme added some lighting along the back. Some of the aisles here are still very dark. I'm sure Acme will eventually add ceiling mounted lighting throughout.
You can see here how dark it seems at the far end of the aisle.
One strip of new lights above the milk cases in the corner.
And new lighting down the Dairy aisle!
More new lighting here too. During the fresh remodel the Pharmacy was moved from just inside the entrance to this corner. This used to be the soda department.
A look across the front-end with the registers to the right....
Big surprise here... a brand-new front end! All of A&P's register stands have been replaced with brand-new ones. A&P had the doubled up register stands where one faced out to the left and the other faced out to the right. This style is used at most Whole Foods as well. You can see below how the register signs were paired up together.
No Acme sign here yet.
A look a the new registers. I have to say, these are among the nicest I've ever seen. Very attractive and shopper friendly. The belts are nice and smooth too so you don't have to worry about bottles tipping over once the belt starts moving.
Scars left from A&P register stands.
Hopefully Acme will upgrade the facade here or get the landlord to do it. It's pretty ugly.
The view from Target's parking lot next door!
A look at nearby competition. A huge Target is right behind the Acme. The A&P didn't seem to be terribly affected by the Target's PFresh remodel a few years back. Prior to becoming a Target in the early 2000's, the building was occupied by an International Food Mart. Prior to that the store was a Bradlees. An extremely successful ShopRite is just a few blocks but it is not a pleasant store to shop in by any means. The A&P Fresh was successful in attracting shoppers looking for a nicer experience despite having higher prices.
The Target was open as of 2006.
2002Back in 2002, the International Food Mart was still open. Word on the street was Target got the landlord to throw them out.
1987So surprised to find out the A&P was built in 1987. The interior seriously looked like it was deigned in 1975.
For a look at Jersey City's former Acme which closed back in 2010, please click here.