here and here. The above picture was taken from the first link. Got an idea of the history? Great! Let's check out the supermarket now.
website. The husband-and-wife team opened their first supermarket, this location in Elizabeth, in 1985. This building also houses their corporate offices, and a building across the parking lot serves as the warehouse for the Twin City group, which now includes two other stores owned by Perez (Twin City Supermarket in Plainfield and Pueblo Supermarket in Newark), an independently-owned Twin City Supermarket in Newark, and the separately-owned Aquí Market chain (with locations at Journal Square and on the Bayonne border in Jersey City and another in Bridgewater). The various Twin City group owners also co-own Superfood Fresh Market in Middlesex. Perez is the president of this group, called Twin City Supermarkets, Inc.
You can see in the photo above that the setting of the store is actually pretty pleasant. It's located just out of the main intersection, Newark Ave and North Ave, where there is a Stop & Shop.
Edwards Super Food Store in the 1990s, then Stop & Shop opened in the early 2000s. The large empty lot was previously the factory for Burry Biscuit, Burry's Biscuits, or Burry Biscuits, depending on who you ask. This was a huge cookie factory which burned down in 2011. My great-uncle worked here for decades, and when my uncle was in the Marines, my grandmother would go to the Bakery Outlet store across the street to buy damaged cookies that couldn't be sold for very low prices, then send them to him. The property is slated to be redeveloped into a multi-use retail/residential/office complex.
A note on the neighborhood: about where the "k" in Newark on my map above is, Newark begins (and continues to the left). Newark Ave becomes Frelinghuysen Ave, which goes towards downtown Newark. I would not recommend visiting this store via Frelinghuysen Ave, as the neighborhood gets progressively worse as you go into Newark. The neighborhood where this store is located, however, is perfectly fine.
Now for the store...
Stop & Shop opened in the Edwards store fully expecting to crush Twin City and put them out of business within months. Over fifteen years later, that hasn't happened and there's no signs that it will. Why? Well, Twin City is a good operation. They know what they're doing and do it well. But I can assure you this is also a factor: go into a Stop & Shop on a Saturday evening and you will not, I can tell you for a fact, find the president of the company in his jeans and baseball cap greeting customers.
Twin City SupermarketTwin City Supermarkets Inc.
1016 Sherman Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Open Daily 8AM-10PM
My Rating: ★★★★★