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LaRacca Super Foodtown - Lake Hiawatha, NJ
It's no secret that the Lake Hiawatha Super Foodtown in Parsippany, NJ is a former Grand Union, but there is a surprising lack of coverage online. That is, until Styertowne posted a complete tour of the store on Flickr a few months ago. I kind of had a general idea that the Lake Hiawatha Foodtown was almost 100% intact from Grand Union, but I didn't really have a good idea of GU's decor packages (hey, in my defense, I was about six months old when C&S took over GU). Of course, I had to get my own pictures of the interior after confirming that it was a former GU - you never know when a store like this is liable to close, or in the other direction, renovate.
This store is owned by the LaRacca brothers, who have not exactly had a peaceful career in the industry. They've also downsized their operation significantly; this is the only store that they still operate. A few of their former stores include:
- City Supermarket in Newark: 525 Irvington Ave, Newark, NJ
This store became a Super Fine Fare for a short time, after extensive renovations, and is now operating under the independent City Supermarkets banner.
- Former Super Foodtown in Cedar Knolls: 235 Ridgedale Ave, Cedar Knolls, NJ
This store is a former Stop & Shop that closed in 2013 after the opening of the nearby Village ShopRite. It is currently vacant.
- Former Farmtastic Supermarket in East Hanover: 831 Rt 10, East Hanover, NJ
This store, which closed in 2014, replaced a Pathmark, which in turn replaced a Foodtown. So in a way, the location came full-circle. Today, there are hopes to get a new supermarket into the location, but no action has been taken.
You'll notice the large number of carts lined up outside. The first time I was here was before Farmtastic closed, and there were fewer, much older carts that all said FOODTOWN on the handle. Now, all the carts are much newer and all read FARMTASTIC SUPERMARKET.
Foodtown in West Palm Beach, FL (although the store is owned by a different person, the same design firm likely produced both signs).
When you walk into the store, you make a slight right turn under an arch that leads you into the grand aisle.
other stores as well.
The last aisle is the frozen food aisle. The cases are clearly left from GU.
former location in Landing. The front wall in Landing comes out farther under the awning than at this Foodtown, and the interior layout is different (given its time as a Pathmark), but you get the idea.
The Lake Hiawatha Super Foodtown is definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. Sure, it's an original GU, but don't forget it's actually a really good supermarket as it is today. It even has products and services you wouldn't expect in a store like this, like in-store bakery, floral, seafood, organic produce, and pharmacy. And it does seem like the owners are making an effort to improve - although there are still some kinks to work out.
Super Foodtown435 N Beverwyck Rd, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
Open Mon-Sat 7AM-10PM; Sun 7AM-9PM
My Rating: ★★★★★