Whole Foods Market
Previous Tenants: A&P
Location: 1204 Preakness Ave, Wayne, NJ
Photographed: July 2020
The Wayne, NJ A&P, a beautifully preserved Futurestore, closed in 2015 with no buyer in the A&P bankruptcy. In 2016, it was announced that the Wayne Natural Food Market was to move into the space, plans that never seemed to materialize. By 2017, The MRKT Square (which I vaguely recall reading was to be the same owners as Wayne Natural Food Market) was slated to move in, and even began renovations on the exterior, but never completed them and pulled out long before the store opened. The following year, Whole Foods announced intentions to move in, finally opening in October 2020. I captured the store in progress late in its transition, in July 2020, while Whole Foods was putting the finishing touches on its renovations.
Diehard supermarket fans will recognize the Futurestore facade still back there behind the existing facade, which was actually installed for The MRKT Square. Whole Foods, however, took the renovations even further, totally redoing the interior and expanding the store to 40,000 square feet.
Peeking in the front doors, we find the produce department on the left side of the store. The deli/bakery/prepared foods aisle of the store is on the right side.
Closeup of what's going to be the produce alcove.
Looking out from the produce alcove to the main grocery aisles.
Looking in through the exit doors. The Futurestore beams are fully intact! A beautiful sight, even if the windows are modified to be vertical instead of diagonal.
Center store, with the registers and future cafe in the foreground.
Looking over to the deli/bakery aisle on the far right side of the store.
Sad to see one of the very few last Futurestores go, but at the same time, this Whole Foods is looking great! Next we're heading back out west to 23 to tour a supermarket tomorrow here on The Market Report, then see a former store across the street. Stay tuned!