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2933 Vauxhall Rd, Vauxhall, NJ

Original Tenant: Food Fair Address: 2933 Vauxhall Rd, Vauxhall, Union, NJ Opened:  1962 Closed:  unknown Later Tenants:  Drug Fair > Walgreens Photographed:  November 2020 The Walgreens, formerly a Drug Fair, at the back of this strip mall in Vauxhall just a quarter of a mile from yesterday's Whole Foods  was built in 1962 as a Food Fair. For more information and a daytime picture, see here . The store is 21,000 square feet. Despite the fact that the plaza is called the Millburn Mall, this property is definitely part of Union Township. Fun fact: that was the first Five Guys I ever went to (back when I lived in Union Township). Our next store will be in downtown Maplewood, so head over to The Market Report to check it out!

40 Park Ave, Summit, NJ

Original Tenant: ShopRite Address: 40 Park Ave, Summit, NJ Opened:  1950s Closed:  1975 Later Tenants:  W. A. Birdsall Photographed:  January 2019 Contributor:  Laura Today's snapshot is this 7200 square foot former ShopRite to the southeast of downtown Summit. It's a bit hard to visualize what the building would've looked like as a supermarket, but I can't imagine W. A. Birdsall plumbing supplies has made extensive changes to the exterior. This store has since closed up shop, leaving the storefront vacant. Our contributor Laura, who works near this location, has offered us this shot of the exterior as it looked in January 2019. I returned in January 2021 for my own shots of the store... The building has been rented, but it's unclear by whom or what exactly they're going to do with the space. In 1975, the ShopRite moved about three quarters of a mile to the northeast to a former Finast over the border into Springfield. That store, which is still open as a Shop

Coming Soon!

Now here's where it gets fun! Having covered Bergen/Passaic, Essex, and Hudson Counties, we are moving towards the south along the eastern part of the state. My coverage of New Jersey is very north central-centric, meaning that Essex and Union counties are probably my beefiest groups. So, I've decided that as we move through the rest of the state, we'll be seeing things in smaller groups. We're beginning with the northern and central suburbs in the city, starting with the city of Summit in the northwestern corner of the county, then moving through the central areas in Springfield, Maplewood, Union, Kenilworth, Garwood, Westfield, and Clark. We're doing things a bit thematically, covering mainly the suburbs and avoiding Elizabeth to the east and Plainfield to the southwest -- for now. We have posts all over the place, but we'll start in Summit on The Market Report tomorrow! And for a fun bonus post, check out the remodel at the  Foodtown in Caldwell  today also!

270 Central Ave, The Heights, Jersey City, NJ

Original Tenant: ACME Markets Address: 270 Central Ave, The Heights, Jersey City, NJ Opened:  1947 Closed:  1965 Later Tenants:  Kennedy Department Store Photographed:  December 2020 Today's second store is this former 1940s-era ACME on Central Avenue in the Heights. (Our first was a small greengrocer shop about a block north.) There's unfortunately relatively little information available about this 8900 square foot store, but I'm fairly certain there is a photo of it available in one of the Images of America books on Jersey City. I love those books but only have access to them via a local library, since I don't own many of them. There were once quite a few ACMEs around Jersey City, with the last remaining 1970s-era one closing in 2009 and then two acquired A&P stores opening in 2015, see Droyer's Point and Newport . Tomorrow is our last double-post day, with a small independent grocery store on The Independent Edition and a look at the neighborhood's

360 Central Ave, The Heights, Jersey City, NJ

Original Tenant: unknown Address: 360 Central Ave, The Heights, Jersey City, NJ Opened:  unknown Closed:  unknown Later Tenants:  Nin's Market (closed before 2007) Photographed:  December 2020 We're here at our third stop in The Heights on Central Avenue, the first being Los Aztecas over on The Independent Edition  about three blocks north, and the second being Sweet Pineapple Fruit & Vegetable . I'm having trouble finding information on the store online, and the 2600 square foot grocery store closed at some point before 2007, the earliest available Google street view. The store is many times as deep as it is long, but unfortunately we can't see inside; the rolling door made it impossible to place the camera right up on the window. Even looking in myself, the low-light cloudy day prevented me from seeing anything more than the first few feet of the space, which was empty. Tomorrow we have another post each on The Independent Edition and here on Grocery Archaeolog

811 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ

Original Tenant: Safeway Address: 811 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ Opened:  1950s Closed:  1960s Later Tenants:  Finast > Vitale Foodtown > CVS Photographed:  December 2020 It's no secret that CVS has taken over a lot of former supermarkets. But this is actually the second Safeway-turned-Finast that CVS moved into that we've seen, the other being about ten miles southwest on Staten Island . This store is also 14,000 square feet, and although this is not of the Marina prototype, it is a barrel roof and it has a tower -- both of which are fully intact today! We can see the tiniest bit of the barrel roof peeking out on the left. Vitale Foodtown took the space upon Finast's closing, then moved up to 614 Clinton to the space that's now ACME . Our final Hoboken stop is going to be about half a mile to the northeast tomorrow, so head over to The Market Report to check it out!

175 Passaic Ave, Kearny, NJ

Original Tenant: Pathmark Address: 175 Passaic Ave, Kearny, NJ Opened:  1990s Closed:  2012 Later Tenants:  LA Fitness Photographed:  June 2020 Today's snapshot is just across the street from the former Foodtown . This Pathmark was built in the 1990s on the site of the original Two Guys from Harrison (later just Two Guys) department store. Before I really got into retail history, my family would talk about having shopped at Two Guys but I didn't realize it was an extremely local company (being based, of course, in Harrison, NJ, which borders Kearny to the south). That said, my knowledge of this location is somewhat limited so you can see more history here . We can see that today, LA Fitness has kept almost all of Pathmark's facade, just painted it a different color. It actually looks pretty good today! Our next stop is a quarter of a mile south on Passaic Avenue, and is the only remaining supermarket in this immediate area. Head over to The Market Report tomorrow to ch

274 Passaic Ave, Kearny, NJ

Original Tenant:  Vitale Foodtown Address: 274 Passaic Ave, Kearny, NJ Opened:  with rest of mall Closed:  by 1998 Later Tenants:  subdivided Photographed:  June 2020 Today's former supermarket is on Passaic Avenue in Kearny, which once was a major shopping hub. This mall had a Kmart and a Foodtown, the mall across the street had a Two Guys that later became a Pathmark, and a ShopRite was just down the street. The primarily industrial area just to the south is being redeveloped into residential and retail spaces, making this once again a retail center. The Foodtown has been subdivided and the Kmart is barely hanging on; the Two Guys/Pathmark is now an LA Fitness, and a Marshalls is also in that mall, the ShopRite is still there and busier than ever, and a new BJ's was built between the Foodtown/Kmart and ShopRite malls. We'll see the ShopRite tomorrow on The Market Report !

Coming Soon!

Our next (fairly brief) stop in our tour of New Jersey is Hudson County! We've extensively covered the northern parts of the county previously, with Union City and West New York covered here . We've also been to Harrison and Jersey City previously. We're back for some more stores, more extensively covering the areas we haven't been to yet. We're going to start to the west of the Hackensack River for stores in North Arlington and Kearny, before crossing the river and passing through the Hackensack River Waterfront, Bergen-Lafayette, and Downtown/Newport in Jersey City; then over to Hoboken, circling north for one more store in Union City, and finishing out Jersey City with the Heights in the northwestern corner of the city. Lots of good stuff coming up, so head over to The Independent Edition for tomorrow's tour! HOUSEKEEPING:  I know a lot of the links have been wrong lately, and I believe they've all been fixed. However, there might still be a few broken

567 S Livingston Ave, Livingston, NJ

Original Tenant:  Sidney Cohen's Economy Shop-Rite Market Address:  565 S Livingston Ave, Livingston, NJ Opened: ca. 1950 Closed:  ca. 1965 Later Tenants:  subdivided Photographed:  June 2020 We wrap up our Essex County coverage with this former ShopRite, which according to a 1956 Wakefern member directory was the Economy Shop-Rite Market owned by Sidney Cohen. Livingston also had a former ShopRite at the north end of the town, which was not that big -- a former Safeway which was expanded by Village ShopRite. This store was later purchased by Village and combined with the northern location into the existing ShopRite by 1968, but has been expanded and renovated beyond recognition since. You can tour it here . Make sure to see our other store today, the Kings in town, here . Tomorrow, we have one final store here in Livingston before wrapping up Essex County altogether, so check it out on The Independent Edition !

184 Essex St, Millburn, NJ

Original Tenant:  Dave's Market Address:  184 Essex St, Millburn, NJ Opened:  1940s Closed:  unknown Later Tenants:  ShopRite > CTown Supermarkets Photographed:  March 2019 ShopRite is the undisputed leader of the New Jersey grocery market, and operator Village Super Market has a location just a quarter mile outside of town that's been in that location since 1976. There was at least one other former ShopRite in Millburn, a little over a quarter mile to the east of this location at 249 Millburn Ave . If that store opened in the early 60s, it was likely a replacement for this one. This location is actually a landmark store for the Wakefern group. Prior to the store's ShopRite affiliation, it was Dave's Market owned by Dave Fern. I might have explained this previously, but Wakefern (the cooperative that runs ShopRite stores, formed in 1946) is named after a portmanteau of the original members' names: Weiss, Aidekman, Kesselman, and Fern. Brothers S

516 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ

Original Tenant: Safeway Address: 516 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ Opened:  1940s Closed:  by 1962 Later Tenants:  Kings Food Markets (1967-1980) Photographed:  December 2020 Today's store is a very small 3100 square foot store that started as an early Safeway and later became an outpost of local chain Kings Food Markets, whose first store opened in 1936 just under two miles west in Summit. Unlike most Safeways in New Jersey, this one did not become a Finast, I'd assume because of its small size, and it may have closed before the rest of the stores were sold to Finast. The ShopRite in Springfield half a mile west of this store was a later Safeway that became a Finast and then a ShopRite. In 1980, when this store closed, it moved three-quarters of a mile northwest into a former Stop & Shop. Check out that tour here . Up next we have a quick update to another supermarket in town over on The Market Report !

880 Springfield Ave, Irvington, NJ

Original Tenant: ACME Markets Address: 880 Springfield Ave, Irvington, NJ Opened:  1951 Closed:  1970s Later Tenants:  subdivided Photographed:  July 2020 Okay, so I uh... didn't do my homework on this one. I was under the impression the ACME was here where the 99 Cent Depot is now, but it wasn't. (The 99 Cent Depot, by the way, is actually two floors with a basement, so it's more likely an old department store.) JoshAustin610 identifies the building all the way at the corner, or all the way to the right in my picture, as the actual former ACME. However, I was not under the impression that ACME was still building 6600 square foot stores as late as 1951; the Dollar Tree building looks to me more like a former ACME at 13,000 square feet. These buildings are at the far eastern end of the 800-900 block of Springfield Avenue, but the westernmost building of this strip now called Maple Spring Commons is a supermarket which we'll be touring tomorrow on The Market Report !

281-295 Ferry St, Newark, NJ

Original Tenant:  Pathmark Address:  281-295 Ferry St, Ironbound, Newark, NJ Opened:  mid- to late-1990s Closed:  November 2015 Later Tenants:  ACME Markets > Seabra Foods Photographed:  January 2019 Moving next door from yesterday's former Pathmark to the replacement store, which was later taken over by ACME and closed in 2017. When I visited the property in January 2019, the store was completely closed up and work was progressing inside. This is what the store looked like as an ACME. Check out the original post  here . With a quick glance at the storefront, there was no obvious place where we could've seen inside. Plus, I didn't want to get too close with a Newark Police van parked outside the store (which you can see in the first image). One thing that is a little odd... the Pathmark stripe had been painted. Notice that it was the same beige as the rest of the facade in my 2016 ACME picture, but a darker gray by 2019. Did ACME paint it? Or w

269 Ferry St, Newark, NJ

Original Tenant:  Pathmark Address:  269 Ferry St, Ironbound, Newark, NJ Opened:  1970s Closed:  late 1990s Later Tenants:  SaveSmart Photographed:  January 2019 Our first store in the Ironbound, the historically Portuguese neighborhood of Newark, is this former Pathmark which is now a Save Smart discount department store. We've previously seen Seabra Foods stores in this neighborhood at 219 Chestnut and 123 Ferry , along with a Seabra's Market at 260 Lafayette St . The 34,000 square foot store was built as a Pathmark in the 1970s, closing in the mid- to late-1990s. At that time, it was replaced by a 60,000 square foot store just next door in the Ferry Plaza. Looking across the storefront to Ferry Plaza, where you can see the gray awning in the distance. The relocated Ferry store closed in 2015 with ACME taking it over in November of that year, then closing in 2017. See our coverage of the ACME here. Every one of Save Smart's carts is a former