Original Tenant: Pathmark
Address: 757 NJ-15, Woodport, Jefferson, NJ
Opened: by 1970
Later Tenants: Fresh Emporium Food Market / Fresh Imperium Food Market (2016-2017)
Photographed: September 2016 & May 2020
Crash and burn, anyone? After Pathmark closed here following decades of successful business, Fresh Emporium opened up in 2016, closing the following year -- but not before Key Food, owners of The Food Emporium banner, sued. Tour Fresh Emporium here. Fresh Emporium then became Fresh Imperium...
I thought I had already posted these pictures, from September 2016, but apparently I hadn't. If you zoom in, you can see that there was no real sign change, just a new banner for the word Imperium.
So that was back in 2016 when the store was still in business. Fast forward to May 2020, Fresh Imperium has been closed for a few years, but a nearby business didn't get the memo...
And the store is in the middle of route 15, with the northbound lanes at a higher elevation to the east of the store and the southbound lanes at a lower elevation to the west. So there was a sign on the roof of the building for the northbound lanes...
Not so professional. Despite the construction going on at the building, this sign remained. The sign out on route 15 southbound also remained...
I'm unsure what the progress has been so far, but the facility is being renovated for a medical building.
It's amazing to me that they're actually keeping the bones of the Pathmark building instead of simply demolishing it and starting over. I guess it was a good building!
You can see where the new facade meets the old Pathmark (and painted by Fresh Emporium) one which then extends to the back of the store. Very cool to see the building in progress, and tomorrow before we leave Jefferson Township, we are heading up to the northeastern corner of town for one store here on Grocery Archaeology and one over on The Market Report!