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TOUR: NetCost Market - Manalapan, NJ

NetCost Market Owner: Sam Shnayder Opened:  2016 Previous Tenants: Grand Union > Norkus Foodtown > Stop & Shop Cooperative:  Krasdale-supplied Location:  700 Tennent Rd, Manalapan, NJ Photographed:  February 2021 It's time for our very first-ever NetCost Market! Manalapan is one of the 12 locations of the Brooklyn-based Russian supermarket chain, occupying about 42,000 square feet of this small strip mall. Built as a Grand Union and later a Norkus Foodtown that became a Stop & Shop , NetCost opened about a year after Stop & Shop's closure in 2015. Note that that means Stop & Shop was open in this location for just about four years -- a rather short life for a Stop & Shop. As we'll see, NetCost doesn't seem to have left much from Stop & Shop at first glance but there's actually a lot left when you look carefully. We enter to a gorgeous grand aisle (we're really on a streak of beautiful supermarkets lately, make sure to check out

TOUR: The Food Emporium - Marlboro, NJ

The Food Emporium Owner: Joe Doleh Opened:  2018 Previous Tenants:  A&P Cooperative:  Key Food Stores Location:  460 CR-520, Marlboro, NJ Photographed:  January 2021 It's finally time for a store I've been wanting to get to for a long time! A former A&P in Marlboro was not purchased by Key Food in the 2015-16 A&P bankruptcy, but a Key Food operator moved into the vacant space following A&P's closure. It took a long time for the owners to prepare the store given their extensive renovations, but oh boy was it worth the wait. The store doesn't seem to be a runaway success like some of the SuperFresh stores in northern New Jersey, but three years in I wouldn't say it's a total failure either. But it's certainly one of the most beautiful supermarkets in this part of the state -- another great job by Off the Wall . The 32,000 square foot store has almost nothing left over from A&P inside or out, which is a good thing. The A&P was fairly hi

TOUR: ACME Markets - Freehold, NJ

ACME Markets Opened: early 2000s Previous Tenants:  none Location:  3241 US-9, Freehold, NJ Photographed:  December 2020 We are here for our first store in Freehold! When we passed through Farmingdale yesterday, I mentioned it's about five miles from the nearest big-chain stores, one of which is this 49,000 square foot ACME. Built in the early 2000s, this was one of two ACMEs at the time in Freehold, the other of which lasted just over a year. This one seems to do a very brisk business and was quite busy at the time of my visit. Acme Style has covered the other Freehold store here and this location here . That other Freehold location briefly became a Top Tomato Superstore (see Asbury Park Press coverage here , but unfortunately it's behind a paywall), and is now being prepared for a Livoti's, whose Aberdeen and Middletown locations we saw and whose Englishtown location is coming soon to the blog. (You can see the healthy crowd at this store by the cars in the parking l