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36 Central Ave, Passaic, NJ

Original Tenant: unknown Address: 36 Central Ave, Passaic, NJ Opened: unknown Closed: unknown Later Tenants: R&S Strauss Auto Stores > Passaic Fresh Market (2016-2018) > Dollar General Photographed: July 2020 I think it's very likely that this 12,000 square foot space started out as a supermarket originally, but by 2007 it was an R&S Strauss Auto Store. In 2016, the space was taken over by a store called the Passaic Fresh Market , which unfortunately closed just two years later. Today, the space is a Dollar General. I'd bet that it was just a very tough location with so many grocery stores within a two-block radius (including our next four stores) along with a Compare Foods two blocks south and the CTown just two blocks south of that. Tomorrow's store, over on The Independent Edition , is just across the street from this one!

Snapshot: Trader Joe's - Clifton, NJ

Trader Joe's Opened:  ca. 2011 Previous Tenants:  none Location:  259 Allwood Rd, Clifton, NJ Photographed:  March 2019 This 12,000 square foot Trader Joe's opened as part of a new-build mall along Allwood Road around 2011, just under two miles from yesterday's Stop & Shop . It's also less than half a mile from the Clifton Commons Stop & Shop and, in the other direction, the former Clifton ACME . Many people are familiar with the quirky upscale-with-a-sense-of-humor retailer Trader Joe's, but if not, we'll be touring one down in Union County not too far in the future. Stay tuned! For now, though, we're heading into Passaic, just to the east, for an in-depth look at the grocery stores downtown over the next approximately two weeks. We're going to make a circuit through the city from west to east, starting with a store tour tomorrow on The Independent Edition !

Snapshot: Stop & Shop - Allwood, Clifton, NJ

Stop & Shop Opened:  2009, 2001 in former building Previous Tenants:  Grand Union in older building on same property Location:  1189 Broad St, Clifton, NJ Photographed:  March 2019 Driving by on nearby NJ-3 gives us a nice higher-level perspective of the Stop & Shop in Allwood, Clifton (there is also one at Clifton Commons ). It's a new-build, 53,000-square-foot store that opened in 2009, just eight years after Stop & Shop moved into an older Grand Union on the property. I'd encourage you to read a lot more and see inside over on Acme Style ! We have another Clifton store here tomorrow, so come back to check it out!

TOUR: ShopRite - Little Falls, NJ

ShopRite of Little Falls Owner: Chuck Infusino Opened:  1970s (in this location) Previous Tenants:  none Cooperative:  Wakefern Food Corp. Location:  171 Browertown Rd, Little Falls, NJ Photographed:  December 2020 It's almost exactly a quarter of a mile from yesterday's former Fairway to today's ShopRite, but the two stores are basically just across the highway from each other. Both, however, are difficult to access from route 46. While that became a weakness for the Pathmark-turned-Fairway, it's definitely a strength for the ShopRite, which draws a large part of its customer base from the neighborhoods immediately around the store and to the south, serving Little Falls and several neighboring towns. The approximately 75,000 square foot store (that includes the neighboring ShopRite liquor store) has to be one of the strangest laid out stores in existence -- rivaling Oakland -- but a recently-completed remodel has vastly improved it, as we'll see. The store has b

1510 US-46, Woodland Park, NJ

Original Tenant: Pathmark Address: 1510 US-46, Woodland Park, NJ Opened:  1970s Closed:  2010 Later Tenants:  Fairway Market (2011-2020) > Amazon Fresh coming soon Photographed:  March 2012 & December 2020 We're heading just west of Paterson to visit the  very first supermarket I ever photographed ! This was taken back in 2012, when this Fairway had just opened in a former Pathmark. That's four years before I really started to get serious about supermarket photography. I honestly can't remember what made me photograph this store, but I did. The Fairway closed in the chain's spring 2020 bankruptcy and was taken over by Amazon along with the Paramus location. The Pathmark closed soon after A&P acquired the Pathmark chain, given that there was a newer and larger A&P just next door. Fairway came in the following year, and lasted all the way until the chain's bankruptcy in summer 2020. I revisited the location in December 2020, to see the store's sta