I was wondering if anyone could relay some details on the history of Safeway in the NYC area including NJ. It seems they had stores in the area going back to the 1950s or before. Did they purchase them from someone else or were they organic growth? The Safeway wikipedia page states that Safeway sold their stores to Finast in 1961. I'm guessing that the bulk of the Finest stores from Safeway never made it to Ahold ownership. It is sort of odd to me every time I see the ShopRite in Millburn, NJ being that it is in an old Safeway marina store. Seems out of place considering how long ago Safeway left the area.
Lots of barrel roof stores in New Jersey. ShopRite, Acme, even Stop & Shop.
Do you have info that is was specifically an old Safeway store? Many of the older ShopRite locations also were built (at least up here in NY) with a similar rounded style building.
Hey Acme Styel-- happy new year! This post is still listed in the 2017 directory because you marked it as December 1st.
Acme changes logos completely around every 20 years... I wonder if they will keep with the pattern, because it is about 20 years now :D
Went through the Bensalem Acme today, very nice inside with the Quality Built package installed and the frosted mug section in place. Self checkouts were also retained which was a nice plus. For a Sunday morning the store was fairly crowded, with a five deep line at self checkout and each of the six open registers pulling two to three people deep.
Acme finally has home delivery (via Instacart. It was supposed to start last summer, but better late than never I suppose....
Two former Safeway stores which became Finast and are now Stop&Shop are in Glendale Queens on Myrtle Ave and the other which I worked in as Finast is in the Bronx on Broadway and West 234th Street.
Yonkers NY Acme has closed for a sixty day renovation with a Grand Re-opening to follow!
On the game show front, the classic Supermarket Sweep, which hasn't been seen on TV since 2004, has returned in reruns on the diginet Buzzr. They've started with episodes from 1991, when the show was on Lifetime; this is thanks to Buzzr's parent and game show giant FremantleMedia, purchasing the rights from creator Al Howard, and Fremantle's got a revival in the planning stages. In the New York metro area, Buzzr's a subchannel of WWOR-9, and can be found on most every cable provider in the area; in Philly, it's a subchannel of WTXF-29 instead. A national feed of Buzzr is also available on Dish Network (but not DirecTV), so be sure to tune in and watch the vintage supermarket goodness.(Funfact: the original Supermarket Sweep ran from 1965-67 on ABC, and was taped at actual Food Fair locations in the northeast.)
The Society Hill ACME will reportedly be closing when the lease runs out next year. The building will be demolished to make room for a high-rise. This project has been planned for years, so I'm not sure why they even bothered buying this store in the first place. ACME doesn't want to leave, and are exploring their options to relocate.The tiny strip mall across the street has been gutted out and is going to have an addition built on the back. I'm speculating that maybe ACME could relocate there? It's going to be a larger space than what they have now.
Since it's a new year, how about we do a poll on things we want to see in Acme and other supermarkets? I want to see Acme release a new lower-end decor that can be put into the remaining A&P stores, for them to fix up the exteriors, and reduce prices.For S&S/Giant, I want to see them take out those darn turnstyles, and maybe update the stores that haven't been updated in f*%&ing 20 years, and maybe FINALLY update the signage on Paramus?! It's been a good 10 years since the Fruit Bowl logo has been released now. Maybe they'll get the new logo next time around in 2030! :)
ACME and KeyFood are ready for their close-up! Both stores were featured in the 2017 film "Going In Style". If you jump to their first 'break-in' at the Value Town (which is ficticious) supermarket, you can see an Acme clock, and KeyFood ambiance (as it was filmed in a Key Food in Williamsburg, NY) I wonder how an Acme clock got in there.
Cool! I'm assuming you mean this clock...http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_246OMBI86f8/TTYYxnJNTWI/AAAAAAAAGP0/5KY1aCSSvHA/s1600/acme_style_fallston_michael_10.jpgDoes it actually say "ACME" on the clock? Because (and Acme Style can correct me if I'm wrong here), I think that clock was a generic design that just happened to be used by ACME. So given the fact that that Key Food has been around since at least the '70s, it's possible it's an equally old--but original to Key Food--clock. Again, I'm not at all the expert here, just reiterating what (I think) Acme Style has said.
Yup, that clock! :D. There is no "ACME" logo on it, but it shows the same exact wear-and-tear from the inserts put in front of it; which I'm pretty sure only Acme did. Yes, it could have been a KeyFood clock also, but I can't find what the store was before KF took over. The small layout is kind of similar to a 50's-70's style Acme, if you see pictures online.
http://www.supermarketnews.com/news/tops-files-bankruptcyAnother one down, or at least reorganizing.