ShopRite of Wharton
Owner: Irv Glass / Glass Gardens
Previous Tenants: none
Cooperative: Wakefern Food Corp.
Location: 315 NJ-15, Wharton, NJ
Photographed: July 2020
A few days ago we saw an update at the ShopRite of Rockaway out on 46 just east of Dover. Today we are going just north of Dover where 15 and 80 intersect, a whopping two miles from the Rockaway ShopRite, to visit the Wharton ShopRite. It's a bit newer than Rockaway, with construction finishing in 2001. We also know the age because of the older and newer logos seen around the store...
...and at nearly 90,000 square feet, it's a giant of a store, eventually putting the nearby Rockaway ACME out of business. The corner entrance is a lot like Rochelle Park, although this store was more intentionally built that way instead of evolving over time.
The layout is much like Rockaway, with the entrance bringing us in through a hallway past the liquor store, Dunkin' Donuts, pharmacy, customer service, and floral.
Looking back up towards the front entrance. And if we turn around 180 degrees, we enter the grand aisle with produce on the left side and deli/prepared foods along the right side in an island.
Although I don't believe the store has been renovated since it opened, we do see a few upgrades here in produce, most notably the replacement of the carpeted flooring with wood laminate. Some of the cases also look to have been replaced.
And a look at the deli/prepared foods part to the right...
So I don't think anybody's going to claim that the interior design of this store is beautiful these days, although it probably looked pretty good when it first opened. What I wonder, though, is why these giant stores were being built with such low ceilings. It really makes the space feel cramped as compared to the actual size of the store.
As we move through the store, we see that the departments are named with local town and landmark names. Boonton Bakery and, my favorite, Wharton Wharf...
...along the back wall with meat following.
Crazy ceiling design here!
HABA in the first few aisles, and the rest are standard groceries. I've always enjoyed the selection of dry goods at the Glass Gardens stores. Perishables are not my favorite here but they're alright.
The meat department takes up the back wall.
Some of this department signage is looking pretty dated but the store is still in good condition.
Looking back up towards the grand aisle.
And looking towards the last aisle, we move in to Denville Dairy, which coincidentally is an actual place out in Denville.
19 aisles, with frozen in 18 and one side of 19. Notice that the middle row of cases is newer (to the right above) and would've originally been open coffin cases that were replaced at some point.
Additional frozen cases take up the front wall, with a few remaining coffin cases in the front. The decor peters out here a bit, and I actually wonder if this was previously a different department since the wall is a different color with no decor at all.
And we wrap up with a look at the familiar endless Glass Gardens front end, which gets a workout in this store without a doubt...