Monday, February 19, 2018

Snapshot: ShopRite - Springfield, NJ

One of the few remaining, largely unaltered Marina Safeways in the country is in the unlikely location of Springfield, NJ, just across the street from the former A&Ps we saw on Friday. It's owned and operated by Village Super Market, which is also based in Springfield.
The storefront is completely glass, save for expansions to the two sides. The produce/grand aisle with deli, a tiny bakery, and seafood is to the right, and the pharmacy (formerly a liquor store) is on the left side.
The worst thing about this store is its parking lot, which is not nearly big enough for the traffic that comes through this store.
Old sign in the corner of the lot. Hard to tell exactly what it says.
Great sky. These last two pictures were taken from the parking lot across the street.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Greengrocer of the Month!

This is a very new store that only opened in May of 2017 and looks really nice: Home Fresh Market in Linden, NJ. Located at 355 St Georges Ave, it sells a selection of fresh produce and has a small deli.
Google Maps street view.
Home Fresh posted the above photo on Google Maps as well. Look at that eggplant!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Snapshot: Former A&P - Millburn, NJ

Some retailers are in such a good location that when they outgrow their building, they decide to move elsewhere within the same mall. That's clearly the case with A&P here in Millburn, NJ. After opening a Centennial-styled store in the 1950s at one end of the shopping mall, A&P later decided to move to the other end in the 1970s. The older store is now a Harmon Discount drugstore:
You really can't miss that A&P facade. The left side of the store has been turned into a Panera restaurant.
A shopping mall with offices on the second floor extends out of the side of the old A&P building, with a facade that replicates the A&P building style.
Here we're looking from the older A&P, in the foreground, towards the newer one in the background. The 1970s building, with a new facade, has become a CanDo Fitness Center.
You can see the store would have originally had a Centennial-like facade, but later tenants added the new facade in front.
An overview of the whole plaza. The Springfield ShopRite, which we'll see a Snapshot of on Monday, is located directly across the street.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Snapshot: Grand Union - Parsippany, NJ


We saw the Super Foodtown of Lake Hiawatha in Parsippany, NJ over a year ago, a converted Grand Union that closed in the 2001 bankruptcy and was taken over by the LaRacca brothers, who had a small chain of stores under the Foodtown group. Today it's their only store. However, that Grand Union was likely renovated and expanded to coincide with the closing of their other store in Parsippany, this location on Littleton Rd.
Today the building has been divided among several smaller stores, including Dunkin' Donuts, Subzi Mandi (an Indian grocery store), Chand Palace, and Pearl Banquet Hall. Subzi Mandi always has a random assortment of shopping carts, many retired from the nearby ShopRite.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Photo of the Day!

Many supermarkets reuse old carts from other stores. Some stores have their own fleet of ancient carts.
This cart, from between 1976 and 2002 (but likely the earlier end of that), was spotted at the Elizabeth, NJ ShopRite. I don't think Village ShopRite has used those coin-deposit carts in my lifetime! This store also had at least one of these carts...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Photo of the Day!

When you own a supermarket, the first impression of the store that your customers -- and prospective customers -- get is the outside, right? So the outside should draw customers in, in one way or another.
It should never leave your customers wondering what the heck your store's name is. This photo was taken in November 2016 at the America's Food Basket (formerly known as Compare Foods) in Providence, RI. Click here for a full tour.