La Tiendona del Pueblo, Part I
CTown Supermarket, Allentown, PA
We're continuing our tour of the Lehigh Valley area with this small inner-city CTown supermarket operating in a former Save-A-Lot. I know a lot of people dislike CTown but in my experience CTown has been a consistently good urban supermarket. All of the stores I've been to have been clean and well-stocked, with excellent prices. This one was no exception.
The building is a former barrel roof A&P which opened in the 40s (I believe) and was replaced by Jewel-T in 1978, becoming Save-A-Lot in 1986. Save-A-Lot closed in 2001 and was replaced by CTown around 2006, I think. (Not sure about that gap there, if there was one.)
CTown seems to have gutted the store when they opened and despite the store's strange layout and size (it's six aisles, but extremely deep), it's a very nice store. All the fixtures, flooring, and shelving seem to be newer than 2001, pointing to either an extensive later renovation or a later opening date.
Easton Food Market.
Heading inside, we are greeted by a small but well-stocked and compact produce department.
Along the side of the store are several murals. It's a nice touch although it seems pretty out-of-the-way:
While I wouldn't call the Allentown CTown a tourist destination, it's definitely a solid supermarket for the neighborhood.