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Update: SuperFresh - Roselle, NJ

SuperFresh Owner: Howard Lee / Food World Supermarkets Opened:  2017 Previous Tenants:  Food Fair > Pantry Pride > Foodtown > Food King > A Seabra Foods Cooperative:  Key Food Stores Location:  550 Raritan Rd, Roselle, NJ Photographed:  July 29, 2022 Another return to the Roselle SuperFresh finally shows something happening at the storm-damaged property whose supermarket closed almost a year ago now. It just so happened that the day I visited, there was work going on inside the store. It appears that some of the fixtures are being removed as we see the sales floor looking a bit emptier than it used to be. I also walked up to the store and looked into the front window, only to be taken aback by the produce case to the right in the below picture apparently spinning around of its own volition. A couple seconds later I saw the forklift. That's no fun. We have confirmation, too, that this SuperFresh was in fact waiting on approval from insurance to rebuild. And insurance ha

Snapshot: ACME Markets - Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA

ACME Markets Opened: 1979 Previous Tenants:  Food Fair Location:  6601 Roosevelt Blvd, Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA Photographed:  July 2021 Well here we are in Philadelphia, land of the Ack-a-mee. So of course, it's time for another Ack-a-mee. This 51,000 square foot store was built around 1970 as a Food Fair and became an ACME when Food Fair went under in 1979. ACME moved from 6501 Harbison Avenue next door, which is now a CVS. It's interesting, to me this exterior has more in common with a Pathmark than the average 1970s ACME. I assume it's been altered, probably several times, over the years. Looking at some Google Maps photos, it looks like this ACME has a pleasant enough but extremely bland version of Quality Built these days, which is not a surprise. One other interesting thing before we move on is the fact that this store (as of last year) still had Sav-On branding outside. Most other ACMEs have had it removed. As a matter of fact, I'm writing this having returned

Snapshot: ShopRite - Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA

ShopRite of Knorr St Owner: David Zallie Opened:  ca. 1980 Previous Tenants:  Food Fair (ca. 1960s-late 1970s) Cooperative:  Wakefern Food Corp. Location:  6725 Frankford Ave, Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA Photographed:  December 2021 Just next door from yesterday's Save-A-Lot is this ShopRite, an early 80s store in a former Food Fair. Given the store's outdated exterior (and only recently was it switched over to the new logo, which officially was introduced in 2002), the interior is surprisingly up-to-date but you can tell that the building is older. Despite the fact that the store has been exensively expanded, it's still only around 38,000 square feet. In 2020, a conflict between the two branches of the Zallie family, both of which owned ShopRite stores, led to a settlement involving David Zallie acquiring all of the Zallie family stores. If I'm not mistaken, this was one of the stores that he owned before the settlement. Just about 3/10 of a mile west on Frankford Av

Snapshot: Save-A-Lot - Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA

Save-A-Lot Owner: Leevers Supermarkets Opened:  2021 under current ownership, 2013 previously Previous Tenants:  assorted non-grocery tenants Location:  6801 Frankford Ave, Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA Photographed:  December 2021 Today's snapshot is a quick look at the Save-A-Lot on Frankford Ave in the Mayfair section. The 18,000 square foot store opened around 2013 in what doesn't appear to have been a supermarket ever before, and it's a pretty tough location because it's directly next door to a ShopRite that we'll see tomorrow. We see it in the above photo in December 2021, just a few months after it was acquired by Colorado-based Leevers Supermarkets. During Save-A-Lot's transition from retailer to wholesaler, the Philadelphia area stores were all sold either to Save Philly Stores or to Leevers Supermarkets, an odd choice given that the rest of their stores are in Colorado (I assume there's a family member out here or something). While we see that they up

Update: ACME Markets - Boonton, NJ

ACME Markets Opened: 2016 Previous Tenants:  A&P (1990s-2015) Location:  550 Myrtle Ave, Boonton, NJ Photographed:  July 2022 Today's update is a quick stop at the Boonton ACME. We toured the store with 2020 pictures in 2021 (clarification: pictures from the year 2020, not a store tour with a total of 2,020 pictures; that would be excessive, even for me). Not much has changed since the store's opening in 2016 or that tour, but the produce department was reset at some point with new fixtures. It looks... fine. I was hoping they'd replace the flooring here at some point. Check out the difference in produce between Kenilworth (old floor) and Warren (new floor). I still think this decor is also... fine, but rather bland. Compared with what's going on at other Albertsons divisions, this is not particularly impressive. And we see some new refrigerators in the deli department. Again, not all that exciting, but pretty much just the same fixture updates we've seen at

TOUR: ShopRite - Wissinoming, Philadelphia, PA

ShopRite of Bridge & Harbison Owner: Peter Ammons Opened:  2018 Previous Tenants:  none Cooperative:  Wakefern Food Corp. Location:  5597 Tulip St, Wissinoming, Philadelphia, PA Photographed:  July 2021 Hello everybody, hope you had a great weekend! We are here in the southeastern part of Frankford, or what might be considered Wissinoming, just a block in from I-95 to tour what I believe is Philadelphia's newest ShopRite. (GIANT, LIDL, and ALDI are currently the big movers and shakers as far as building and opening new stores, while ShopRite/Fresh Grocer, ACME, and the others are fairly stagnant at the moment.) The Ammons family opened this roughly 80,000 square foot new-build ShopRite on a former industrial site in 2018. And I'm all for supporting small family businesses and mom and pop shops, but this neighborhood truly didn't have any supermarket at all prior to the ShopRite's opening. The other options include the famous Frankford Holiday Thriftway (closed 2016)