Welcome to Foodtown Castle! Okay, not quite, but this sure doesn't look like a Foodtown from the outside. We're here in the affluent, suburban Bergen County town of North Haledon, NJ, a few towns north of Paterson. This is a Nicholas Markets store. Their other locations include Cedar Grove, NJ; Washington, NJ (a former A&P which when I visited was pretty desolate); and Colonia, NJ (a former Food Circus-owned Foodtown).
Nicholas Markets started when M. Nicholas Maniaci opened his first grocery store in the city of Paterson in 1943; as the Italian population moved out of Paterson and into the suburbs, Nicholas Markets closed their stores in Paterson and Haledon (although they still own the liquor store next door); North Haledon and Cedar Grove are longer-standing stores while Colonia opened under Nicholas ownership around 2013 and Washington in 2015.
North Haledon is the flagship store for Nicholas, and it's beautiful. It's very upscale but the prices are not crazy, although many are very high. There are excellent fresh produce, organic selections, bakery, deli, and prepared foods, although I wouldn't buy housewares or HABA here because they're too expensive. Let's head inside!
Dairy is in the back corner of the store.
DY Design of Kings Point, NY did this store.
Heading out . . .
Well, Nicholas Markets Foodtown North Haledon is a beautiful store, and the prices are on the high side, but the cramped aisles makes it kind of unpleasant for large shopping. It's actually much smaller than it appears in these photos, I'd guess no more than 30,000 square feet. Definitely a great store, but with a few kinks that need to be worked out.
Nicholas Markets Foodtown1068 High Mountain Rd, North Haledon, NJ 07508
Open Mon-Sat 7AM-10PM, Sun 7AM-9PM
http://www.foodtown.com or http://www.nicholasmarkets.com
My Rating: ★★★★☆