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2661 Morris Ave, Union, NJ

Original Tenant: ACME Markets Address: 2661 Morris Ave, Union, NJ Opened:  late 1950s Closed:  1968 Later Tenants:  Village ShopRite Photographed:  September 2016, March 2019, & May 2020 Our next stop is this 40,000 square foot former supermarket on Morris Ave, just down the street from Gold Valley in Springfield. Built as a 21,000 square foot 1950s-era ACME, then expanded out three sides, this building later hosted a Village ShopRite until 2014. Since I don't know of any other cases where Village directly acquired a former ACME, I think it might actually be more likely that Good Deal moved in around 1970 before selling to Village in 1976, as was the case in Millburn just about a mile northwest. (Also, whoops... the first few pictures in this post are repeated from my previous post . Sorry.) You can see a lot more about the history of this store, as well as the other former ACME in Union which we'll be seeing shortly, over on Acme Style , who visited the ShopRite back i

1865 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ

Original Tenant: ACME Markets Address: 1865 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ Opened:  1941 Closed:  1960s Later Tenants:  Rite Aid > East Side Fitness Photographed:  March 2019 We're making a brief stop here in Maplewood, a small town in the northeastern corner of Union County. Despite the town's small size, we've actually seen two stores here, the Kings downtown and the Extra near the Irvington border . Springfield Avenue is a major thoroughfare, and we've seen many stores along it: to the east, the Newark ShopRite , the Newark Save-A-Lot , the former ACME and Supremo in Irvington; and to the west, the Vauxhall Whole Foods ,  The Meat House and Kings in Summit, and the ACME in New Providence . Today's 6500 square foot store was built in the early 1940s as an ACME, with Rite Aid moving in in 1985 . Up next we're going to be moving to the south to Union, where we'll be seeing a former supermarket tomorrow right here on Grocery Archaeology!

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!