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TOUR: Kings Food Markets - Maplewood, NJ

Kings Food Markets Opened: 1942-2020 Previous Tenants:  none Later Tenants:  none Location:  159 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ Photographed:  November and December 2020 Contributor:  Laura (closed store photos) This has to be one of the longest continuously operating supermarkets in New Jersey. Clearly this tiny, 7600 square foot store is one of the very early Kings Food Markets, and almost identical to the former location at 461 Passaic St in Hackensack  (just in mirror). I captured the store in its final days in business back in November 2020 the day store closing signage went up at this store, Gillette, and Hoboken River Street. ACME Markets agreed to buy 19 of the 25 Kings stores, as I've mentioned, and this wonderful but tiny location was not in the agreement. My two-part farewell tour for Kings included this as the last stop in the first day. The store officially closed December 5, 2020. The store in its third-to-last week of operation was looking a bit more raggedy on the ou

TOUR: Whole Foods Market - Vauxhall, NJ

Whole Foods Market Opened: 2008 Previous Tenants:  unknown Location:  2245 Springfield Ave, Vauxhall, Union, NJ Photographed:  August 2016 and November 2020 Today's store tour is a store I tend to consider to be the largest Whole Foods in the north-central NJ area. At 60,000 square feet, it's actually smaller than West Orange , but somehow feels larger. While West Orange coexists with a nearby smaller store in Montclair , the store here at Vauxhall replaced a smaller store about half a mile to the northwest in Millburn . That store today is a Trader Joe's and a Petsmart . For that reason, Whole Foods refers to this location as Millburn, despite the fact that it's actually in Vauxhall, a somewhat ambiguous area that is actually part of Union Township . (Another large part of Whole Foods' calling this the Millburn instead of the Union store, I'm sure, is the fact that Millburn's median household income is more than double that of Union's.) 2016 I caught t