Around 2005, A&P moved from a smaller store built in the 1960s and then significantly expanded in the 90s into this 61,000 square foot new-build location just next door. This seemed to be a big moneymaker for A&P, what with the major renovations on the older location and then this major new replacement store. Unfortunately, these days the store seems to be pretty slow -- it competes with an incredible new ShopRite about seven miles west in Sparta, which we'll tour when we move into Sussex County, and seems to have taken a big hit from that store's presence; but also deals with an older ShopRite and Weis just to the north in Franklin roughly the same distance away and then the Kinnelon Stop & Shop just about eight miles to the east. This store's competition was the source of a series of rather passionate comments back on our post about Old Bridge, but at least anecdotally based on my visits business here has declined since the beginning.
The interior is still pretty attractive, but it's showing signs of its age. We enter to the grand aisle with produce on the left side and deli/bakery on the right. By the way, check out Acme Style's 2018 post here.
I believe some lettering was probably removed here since there's a whole lot of empty space on the walls here. I have honestly never loved this decor package but it looks pretty good here.
Notice these produce signs hanging from the ceiling instead of mounted on the wall, which is a nice adaptation of the decor package. The white ACME stickers are not attractive.
The corner bakery is actually in a corner here, which is a nice touch. Notice that some of the lettering is getting wobbly and we're missing the y in Quality to the left.
A look across the back wall. We can see that the store is plenty spacious and has a very nice high ceiling, but we can also see that there are barely any customers around.
HABA in the first few aisles with the pharmacy at the front. The A&P decor here is in good condition but looking pretty dated around here.
Not a whole lot to see in the grocery aisles. Looks like the lighting was moved up to the ceiling from the aisles' shelving.
This decor here looks good still, as much as the ACME stickers stand out.
I suspect that this store's sales volume is probably quite low, since notice that the freezer cases are still left here since the store opened. The coffin cases were never replaced (which surprises me, that A&P was still using coffin cases in new-build stores as late as 2005 -- unless were these brought over from the old store?). None of the fixtures in this store have been replaced since ACME has opened.
Dairy cases do look to have been painted, though.
Unusual generic checkout lane markers here from A&P, and Acme Style says that the registers were replaced (although the lane markers weren't, for some reason). That wraps up Oak Ridge and the whole Jefferson area, and up next we're heading all the way out to the western border of Morris County for two stores tomorrow, one on Grocery Archaeology and one on The Independent Edition!