UPDATE: Since writing, the Maplewood/East Orange/Lyons website has been disconnected, and the location in Elizabeth, NJ has opened under the management of Avon/Jersey City. The new website is here. So now Avon/Jersey City/Elizabeth has two websites and Maplewood/East Orange/Lyons has none. Great!
|Google Maps view showing the entire shopping center. The supermarket is visible to the top right, with the new City Hall annex in the bottom right corner. The MLK Drive lightrail station is in the bottom left corner.|
This supermarket was previously CitiMarket, New Jersey's first and only major African American-owned supermarket. Unfortunately, CitiMarket closed within two years of its opening and was taken over by the Hispanic-owned Extra chain.
Looking along the back of the store.
Spacious frozen aisle. Given the overall lack of natural and organic products throughout the store, I was very surprised to find a large selection of frozen meat substitutes for pretty low prices. That felt very out-of-place.
So did these Piggly Wiggly waffles, although for a different reason.
You can see on the left here that the decor is beginning to fall apart in some places. In the last aisle, the walls aren't illuminated well, although the walkway and products are.
The bread was pretty cleaned-out, but the store was also packed with people when I arrived, so I just missed the big rush.
The front corner contains sale and bulk items, but it looks like it was designed that way. There probably wasn't ever anything else here.
The front end is very spacious and pleasantly clutter-free, for the most part. There are plenty of registers, and enough of them were open.
You exit to the left in the above picture and go back out through the foyer.
ADDITIONAL UPDATE: As of September 2018, a renovation has begun at this store. It's hard to tell the scope of it so far, but the decor in the produce department has been swapped out for a much more modern design.
HOLD EVERYTHING, ONE MORE UPDATE! Reviewing my pictures now, it looks like the remodel was already in progress when I visited! Compare this November 2016 photo to my photo. Notice that the awnings with the Extra logo had been removed. Usually, the first step in a remodel like this is to strip the walls, which I guess they were already doing.
Extra Supermarket360 Martin Luther King Dr., Jersey City, NJ
Open Mon-Sat 8AM-9PM, Sun 8AM-8PM
My Rating: ★★★☆☆