Stop & Shop
Previous Tenants: Grand Union
Location: 34 W Railroad Ave, Tenafly, NJ
Photographed: December 2020
Our first stop here in the small town of Tenafly is the Stop & Shop! The facade on the front of the 23,000 square foot store has been redone, but we can still see the bones of the Grand Union facade here. Stop & Shop moved in in 2001, remodeling the space probably several times after (closer to Ridgewood, then, than Ringwood). Ridgewood and Tenafly are both very affluent communities with another grocery store very close by to the Stop & Shop, while Ringwood is not nearly as affluent nor does it have any competition. The grocery store under 350 feet from this one is the Tenafly Gourmet Farm, which we're also touring today on The Independent Edition! So despite the fact that this store is very small, it's been extensively upgraded.
We enter on the right side of the storefront to produce in the front corner and extending down the first aisle, with natural foods facing. Deli is at the back of the first aisle, with meat and seafood taking up the rest of the back wall. Frozen is in the second-to-last aisle and part of the last aisle, with dairy taking up the rest of the last aisle. Bakery is in the front corner.
Heading into produce in the front corner, we find that this store has the second-to-newest decor package. How can we tell? Well, mostly the lack of decor on the walls. I don't think this decor works particularly well in remodels as compared to new-builds, but I do really like the dark gray fixtures and flooring, which is actually tile but looks like concrete.
I'm not entirely sure, but I don't believe the produce department has any signage at all. The renovation happened, by the way, while the store was closed in 2016. The new facade hides Grand Union's arched roof, and it seems that the store previously had the decor variant seen in Ringwood minus the wood paneling.
We get a good look at the department signage here in the deli department. Quite attractive, although I think overall the look (along with the newer look) is too minimalistic, leaving older renovated stores feeling dingy and unfinished. In new-build stores, such as Mahopac, the facility is beautiful enough to carry the half-hearted decor, but in older stores which got little more than a coat of paint and a few new signs like this, the facilities remained very outdated.
Meat lining the back wall. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the service butcher counter was completely empty.
Grocery aisles looking good with new lighting, new flooring, new aisle markers, and I think new shelving, although Stop & Shop's shelving has looked the same for many years so it's hard to tell.
Woohoo, this store has a functional service seafood counter! So many Stop & Shops don't. It's possible that's because Tenafly Gourmet Farms a block over also has a large seafood counter.
Some frozen foods on one side of aisle 10 with the rest lining aisle 11.
Looking really good with freshly painted walls and cases, new aisle markers, and new flooring! By the way, it looks like the arch roof only goes about halfway to the back of the store, with the back half being two floors.
Dairy also looking good in older cases that have been painted. One problem I will point out with all of Stop & Shop's latest decor packages is that everything is the same color. Look at this, everything is the same drab gray. The problem has plagued every decor package going back about 20 years (see Union, which is all yellow). In fact, some of the mid-2000s remodels were actually later repainted white because there was too much beige.
Bakery is in the front left corner, with a tiny customer service counter right next to it. Checkouts line the rest of the front end.
And what's that we see beyond the registers? Yes, sharp eyes will pick up on the Grand Union arched windows still visible on the front end!
It's time to head out of this Stop & Shop, but if you haven't yet, make sure to tour the Tenafly Gourmet Farms a block away! That is also all for Tenafly for us, but we'll be heading west to Rochelle Park tomorrow for another store here on The Market Report.