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Coming Soon!

  We are moving out from Philadelphia into lower Montgomery County! The space between the Philadelphia area and the Allentown area (the Lehigh Valley) is mostly filled by Bucks and Montgomery counties. We are beginning with a look at the southern part of Montgomery County with Elkins Park and Cheltenham/Wyncote right on the Philadelphia border, then moving north to Glenside and Jenkintown. This is a pretty short group, so we're going to spend two weeks in this area before beginning to head west farther into Pennsylvania. On Monday, we're going to see an Asian supermarket here on The Market Report, so come back to check it out!

TOUR: The Fresh Market - Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

The Fresh Market Opened: 2016 P revious Tenants:  none Location:  8208 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA Photographed:  July 30, 2021 Welcome to our second Fresh Market store tour! I commented on the store execution improving in the post of the Bedminster Fresh Market , although I do think execution (as far as product mix and quality) varies greatly between the different stores. This one is another very well-done store, which was built new in 2016 on the ground floor of this complex. The store is in the range of 25,000 square feet, and I believe takes up the entire ground floor of this new building. The whole development is very attractively designed, and intended to tie into the historic, quaint Germantown Avenue business district -- the street of which is paved with cobblestones. Here's the entrance to the parking lot, and the supermarket's entrance faces the parking lot. We enter and turn right to go to the back right corner of the store. Produce is on the bac

TOUR: ACME Markets - Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

ACME Markets Opened: 2015 Previous Tenants:  SuperFresh (1999-2008) > Pathmark (2008-2015) Location:  7700 Crittenden St, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA Photographed:  July 30, 2021 Moving on from Mount Airy, we are starting with our first store in Chestnut Hill! This extremely green and suburban neighborhood is centered around Germantown Avenue in far northwestern Philadelphia. It's bounded to the southwest by the Wissahickon Valley Park, which stretches nearly five miles end to end. This ACME is located in a rather generic strip mall in the northeastern part of the neighborhood, so unfortunately we don't really get any of the small town-feeling charm in this particular store, but we'll get there with our next stop. A Food Fair had existed on this property until around the late 1970s, when it became an A&P. A&P then converted to SuperFresh in 1983, and was demolished in 1998 to be rebuilt and reopened as a SuperFresh the following year. The existing 47,000 squ

TOUR: Grocery Outlet - Mt Airy, Philadelphia, PA

Grocery Outlet Owner: Aaron & Chyrese Hollingsworth Opened:  2021 Previous Tenants:  none Location:  25 W Hortter St, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA Photographed:  July 30, 2021 It's time to check out The Market Report's first Grocery Outlet! I remember first visiting a Grocery Outlet in western Allentown, Pennsylvania many years ago and I was honestly quite impressed. It was a totally different experience from the other hard-discount stores I'd seen. The store was clean, nicely organized, and modern looking, but most interesting: almost all the products on the shelves were name-brand products, with some storebrands mixed in throughout. Many discounters like Save-A-Lot and ALDI rely heavily on private label brands. Not only that, the perishables were much better than a comparable Save-A-lot. I'm very happy to see more very nice-looking Grocery Outlets popping up out here on the East Coast, given that it was a West Coast-originating chain. Today, there are four in Phi