LAST HUDSON COUNTY STORE!
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closed Fine Fare up by 70th St. This Fine Fare is probably an old chain supermarket.
replaced the Acme in Orange. So it's possible the same thing occurred here.
Despensa is in the building right below the one with the orange awning along Bergenline and City Fresh is in the building just behind that (both off this map). Image is, of course, from Google Maps. Now that you have an idea of the layout, let's head in...
graphic for the whole group of stores. And by the way, the floor looks to be in pretty bad shape here, but a recent revisit revealed that large sections of the floor were torn up, so they're probably going to at least patch the worst parts, if not install a totally new floor.
NSA in New London back in January if you remember...and if you can see it behind the giant pots. I have one more store photographed with the same or similar decor, but without the awnings.
Based on this 1940 photo from Groceteria, we can date it to approximately the late 1930s/early 1940s. The signs were still in use in the 1950s, and in the late 1930s, smaller stores received "FOOD STORES" signs of a similar style (again, from Groceteria). This 1949 photo shows the same style sign, but obviously with some wear. And by 1959 (their 100th anniversary), A&P had begun using all-new signage for the Centennial or Colonial stores. Even before that, there was modified signage for the new stores.
So that settles the age question. The second question, in my opinion, is where is the sign from? If this particular location was a 1935-1945 A&P, I would assume that they'd orient the building to face Bergenline, not with its back to Bergenline. A&P generally put its parking lots in front of the store, when they had them, not behind. This arrangement seems more like an ACME to me, but I have no evidence to back that up.
So then, it stands to reason that this sign was removed from a nearby A&P. Does anyone know where one was? There was one much later in nearby North Bergen, which opened in the 1970s and closed by the time the new Waldbaum's (later A&P and Food Basics and now Food Bazaar) in North Bergen opened. If you know anything, please let me know!
And with that...our Hudson County group is over! 20(+1) stores with basically no repeats. I hope to one day get back to the area and cover some stores below 495 and in Jersey City--but since it was 90 degrees this day, maybe I should do that when it's 15. That averages out to be 52.5 degrees, quite comfortable!
We will resume normal posting on Friday with a Snapshot in Morristown, NJ.
Fine Fare Supermarket426 33rd St, Union City, NJ
Open Daily 8AM-9PM
My Rating: ★★★☆☆