Previous Tenants: A&P (ca. 2000 replacing older store on site - 2015)
Location: 146 Center Grove Rd, Randolph, NJ
Photographed: July 2020
Wow, it's not that often that we tour a Weis here on The Market Report! We saw Hillsborough back in October but none since 2019 before that. Well, I have quite a few Weis locations in NJ and PA coming up soon, including their latest New Jersey location here in a former A&P that was extensively renovated. The 53,000 square foot building also came with a small liquor store elsewhere in the mall...
I referenced the fact that the newest decor package for Weis is quite beautiful, even though we can tell the bones of this building are older. Wait until we get to some of the brand new stores in PA!
I think Weis does a good job at being both modern and an enjoyable shopping experience, along with a baseline of very good prices (one might even say low, low).
The left side wall of the store features prepared food/cafe, deli, and bakery from front to back, with produce on the right side of the grand aisle. Pharmacy and customer service are on the front wall where A&P would've had them, with seafood and meat on the back wall. Weis has added a natural food department in the first aisle and dairy/frozen round out the selection at the right side of the store.
This is a less deluxe version of the Weis decor package, but I really like the way it looks. It's got good personality even though it's fairly standardized. It certainly feels more exciting than what some other competitors are doing. By the way, there's also an ACME in Randolph which we are touring today here.
Bakery in the back corner.
Looking back up towards the front wall. I like the colors, lighting, and flooring here! It's a good color scheme.
Pharmacy and customer service on the front wall between the entrance and exit. Again, I like these colors because they're not overpowering but they brighten up the interior.
Jumping back over to the back wall, we have service butcher and seafood and packaged meats.
Now here's a question. I think this store is attractive, well-run, and well-executed. Why was no one shopping here? I suppose it was a Tuesday afternoon, not a prime shopping time, but I hope this store does well because it's a good store in a good location right out on route 10.
Natural and organic in the first aisle. I love the signage and color scheme, and the fact that there is different lighting in this aisle.
I really like these aisle markers! This was my first time in a Weis with this new decor package and I was not disappointed.
This A&P was never converted to the Fresh Market format, and operated as an A&P Food Market until its final day.
I love this decor that we move into here at the end of the store. Notice also that all these fixtures are brand-new; many of the other fixtures seem to be older and painted.
We also find frozen foods in aisle 15 and one side of 16, the other side of which is dairy. There's an additional frozen alcove in the front corner.
The dairy signage is by far my favorite in the store. I love the backlit elements and great typography across the board!
Looking to the back of the last aisle, and if we turn around 180 degrees we see the frozen alcove...
I love this decor too and the scale is awesome. Moving onto the front end, we see checklane markers that are retro-designed to the point that they almost look like what Milton Glaser was designing for Grand Union in the 1980s! (From this decor package.)
Looking good on the front end too! Now don't forget to check out the ACME in town and tomorrow we introduce our next group to the north!