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Photo of the Day!

Another Photo of the Day today, this time we're looking at the Glass Gardens-owned ShopRite of Linden, NJ, which I just happened to be at when the sky was very nice...
Come back on Saturday for another full Store Tour!

TOUR: Greenside Market - White Plains, NY

For today's store tour, we're heading back up to the Rockland/Westchester County, NY area to the city of White Plains, NY. White Plains is the major hub (and county seat) of the generally affluent Westchester County; however, the city itself has some lower-income neighborhoods. One of them contains this small supermarket, the independent Greenside Market. It opened as a C-Town around 2012, which makes sense because Krasdale Foods (which operates C-Town supermarkets) has its headquarters in White Plains.
As usual, this 2014 street view is from Google Maps. C-Town closed or converted to Greenside soon after. The new store combined with the pretty spiffy exterior gave me high hopes for the interior.
However, upon walking inside, I encountered a pretty sad store that obviously isn't doing the volume it needs to, but also that isn't stocking the number of products it should. Produce is in the first aisle, with meat along the back wall, frozen and dairy in the last aisle, a…

Breaking News!

Another Update on the Marlboro Food Emporium!
NJ Retail News has been very much on top of covering the latest developments in the renovation and pending opening of The Food Emporium in Marlboro, NJ. Check out their latest article here. Construction has resumed and will be continuing for a few more months.

Photo of the Day!

Today's photo is just a cool shot of Superfood Marketplace in Allentown, PA. It's not a former pitched-roof Acme, as I originally thought, but still has an A-frame ceiling. You can check out the entire tour here.

We're back to a full store tour tomorrow -- an independent store in White Plains, NY!

SNAPSHOT: Stop 1 Food Market

For today's Snapshot we're taking a look at Port Chester, NY's Stop 1 Food Market. This corner grocery store is more of a bodega than a supermarket, but I liked the old building it's in and the seemingly hand-painted sign.
Stop 1 may be affiliated with Krasdale Foods.

Photo of the Day!

Welcome to the new Photo of the Day series! This is a way for me to reuse old stuff when I have nothing new ahem, show my favorite shots that I've taken at various stores. I might like them because they're good pictures (on the rare occasion I actually take a worthwhile picture), or I might like them because they show something interesting. To start off with, here's one of my favorites...
It's a shot that a family member took at the grand opening of the Elizabeth Food Bazaar. So I can't take credit for it!

Over and out for today. Come back on Wednesday for another Snapshot!

Breaking News!

Coming SoonThe Food Emporium in Marlboro, NJ - I've been in contact with a freelance reporter who has written a comprehensive article about the Food Emporium opening in the former Marlboro A&P. Check it out here! It gives me hope for the store's success that the owner will be Joe Doleh, not Kevin Kim!

Store ClosingsAhart's in Phillipsburg, NJ - A late addition to my post about Ahart's from earlier.
Met Fresh Market in Nyack, NY - Very surprising, but due to multiple failed inspections.

Store OpeningsSuperfresh Food World in Garden City, NY - Formerly Garden City Food which replaced Waldbaum's. Now open at 2475 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY.
Halsey Traders Market in Brooklyn, NY - New corner grocery affiliated with Key Food which opened at 587 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY.
Food Universe Marketplace in Bronx, NY - Replacing a Compare Foods at 312 194th St, Bronx, NY.
What's NewKey Food is officially introducing its new Urban Meadow brand, available at selec…

TOUR: Ahart's - Phillipsburg, NJ

Today we're looking at the only New Jersey location of Ahart's*, in Phillipsburg -- which is right on the Pennsylvania border and is actually considered part of the Lehigh Valley.

*At first I started to write "...at Ahart's only New Jersey location...", then I stopped myself. Ahart's is already possessive, so it can't be Ahart's'. But the single store is not called Ahart, as the original phrasing would suggest. So I figured it would be best to reword the whole sentence!

This store officially closed in June of 2017, even though it has been rumored to close since 2015 when the real-estate company that owns the property and building put it on the market. Rumor has it that the building will be knocked down and replaced with a fast-food restaurant.

The Ahart's was, however, still operating (just barely) at the time of my visit in September 2016. It's a former Food Fair that became a Food Lane, owned by the Laneco group which also operated Lane…

SNAPSHOT: Manhattan Met Foods

For today's Snapshot, we're taking a look at the last remaining Met Foods in Manhattan. A matter of blocks from the campus of Columbia University, it's been forced to accommodate the changing neighborhood as gentrification spreads from Columbia into Harlem. The second-to-last Met Foods in Manhattan was at 251 Mulberry St and is being converted into a brand-new Food Bazaar.
The M in Met is missing. Otherwise the storefront looks fine, but a little rundown. I have the owner of this store listed as Gabriel Estevez, whose family also owns Estevez Foodtown.

SNAPSHOT: Kearny ShopRite!

Another NJ Supermarkets Snapshot! This time we're taking a quick look at the Kearny, NJ ShopRite before...
...and after...
What a shame that what was probably the last working neon SHOP-RITE sign in use at a store was replaced by this blah facade. It's perfectly nice but come on, you don't see signs like that anymore.

SNAPSHOT: Olive Tree Marketplace

Welcome to NJ Supermarkets' first Snapshot! This is how I'll post a picture or two if it isn't part of a full store tour, along with my usual droning on and on about it. Today we're taking a look at Olive Tree Marketplace in Denville, NJ...
...which is a 15,000-square-foot gourmet market that opened in 2015 as a Key Food affiliate. Dean Janeway, CEO of Key Food, lives in Denville; Key Food had previously tried Denville at a location which is now Walgreens in downtown. My later visit, on a nicer day, revealed that the store had become a Retail Grocers Group affiliate, a cooperative that also operates Fine Fare and Shop Fair supermarkets. The logo above the lettering on the front had been removed for one reason or another...
...possibly to make way for a Shop Fair logo, I originally thought. However, Olive Tree in Denville now appears to be under separate ownership or management from the other location on Staten Island, as they are now using an awful, homemade-looking c…

Confluence Foodmart - Confluence, PA

Welcome to today's store tour, with a fancy new graphic! (Bonus points to anyone who can guess what store that photo was taken in...it's one that has been covered on my Flickr page.)

For a while, Acme Markets had a moderate presence in western PA, with locations in Confluence, Connellsville, Uniontown, Salisbury, Meyersdale, Snow Shoe, Johnstown, and Phillipsburg, PA. Today the Confluence location is still very much alive and well, but under the independent Confluence Foodmart, which is affiliated with Western Family Foods (ShurFine/ShurSave).

The Confluence location was built as an A-Frame or pitched roof, as it is known on Acme Style, building sometime in the 1960s. It's virtually identical to the former location in Canton, PA, which later became a Bi-Lo and is now a Tops. Set slightly out of the small downtown area of Confluence, PA, the Foodmart is the only full-size, full-service supermarket in the area. Confluence is also home, however, to Diamond Produce & Deli…