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595 Chestnut St, Union, NJ

Original Tenant: Safeway
Address: 595 Chestnut St, Union, NJ
Opened: by 1953
Closed: unknown
Later Tenants: various non-grocery tenants
Photographed: June 2021
One of three posts today! This small 3700 square foot store was probably built in the 1930s or 40s as a Safeway, and still has the distinctive brick facade today. It's been a car dealer or some car-related business as long as I've known it, and I grew up just a few blocks behind this store (I went to Washington Elementary right nearby for kindergarten and first grade before moving, by the way). I believe that the store later moved down to Five Points, and that location was later sold to Grand Union. That strip mall today also has a small greengrocer shop called Times Farm. Tomorrow we're going to see another former supermarket in the same area, right here on Grocery Archaeology!