Previous Tenants: Vitale Foodtown > A&P
Location: 614 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ
Photographed: December 2020
ACME tour #2 today! Make sure to check out the Newport store just about three-quarters of a mile south here. Like Newport, this store was an A&P acquired in 2015, although this was a Vitale Foodtown until 1998. At just 24,000 square feet, this store is slightly less than half the size of Newport. And unlike Newport, it shows no sign of an ACME remodel, but neither does it need one.
Natural foods and water take up A&P's former liquor department in the front corner. (In case anyone's interested, the restrooms are also in this corner. I was very glad to find them at the time of my visit, and only found them after circling around the entire store despite them being right next to the entrance.)
See Acme Style's 2015 coverage of this location here. I think the store has been reset since then, but it mostly looks the same -- which is to say, very good. Here's the compact but complete produce department in the first aisle, with service butcher and seafood at the back of the aisle.
As we move into the first grocery aisle, the store opens up and is less cramped, but most importantly, the ceiling gets much higher. It seems that this section was an expansion, and Acme Style also mentions the possibility of a second floor here.
Similar to Newport, wee see the lighting has been removed from the grocery shelving and tube fluorescent lights have been installed across the ceiling.
Looking along the back wall of the store. Despite the store's small size and location a quarter of a mile from a ShopRite, it seems to do a good business, probably due to the dense urban neighborhood and the fact that, as an urban Inserra store, the ShopRite is pretty awful despite being newly renovated a few years ago. I attempted to stop by for a tour but found every single parking space taken and the lot itself oddly lumpy -- you can see it for yourself in this Google Maps street view (that's gotta be due to repeated flooding, which that location suffers from). I will say that ACME has not painted the ceiling, which has not, uh, improved in the six years since Acme Style noted the same thing in their post.
The grocery aisles are not cramped, despite the fact that the store is so small. They're nice and clean, too.
The walls were painted at some point by A&P, since they don't match the typical colors for this remodel.
Looking back towards the first aisle on the back wall.
Frozen foods in the second-to-last aisle (aisle 9). It looks like ACME replaced the lighting within the fixtures A&P already had here, since this looks brighter than Acme Style's visit. Notice also that the lighting in the grocery aisles and dairy aisle (to the left) has been replaced.
Dairy with an unusual green color here. A tiny bakery department is in the front corner of the store, with the deli extending along the front wall.
ACME removed the deli picture sign when they moved in, I'm assuming because it had the Master Choice logo on it (a long-gone A&P storebrand). I was actually scratching my head over that question up in Shrub Oak, and it seems the removal of the sign was not done by A&P when the brand was discontinued but by ACME when they acquired the stores. Note that cheese has once again been moved from a single-tier display on the perimeter to a multi-tier display in an island, and the olive bar has been downsized from the whole island to just basically its endcap.
Front end looking towards customer service and produce. I like the brick on the front wall! Once again, if you haven't checked out the Newport ACME, you can find the post here. And tomorrow, we'll be heading about a block and a half north of this store to check out a former supermarket on Grocery Archaeology!