Acme IS Hoboken {see ya A&P!}

Acme now open in Hoboken, NJ

Without much re-configuration, the Acme supermarket is open in Hoboken. Good news is they slightly upgraded the paint around the sign.

Regardless, we’re going to wait a while before shopping there for real, so that the old A&P stock can get refreshed. Something creepy about leaving “bankrupt” merchandise behind.

Acme Markets Hoboken now open

Hoboken ACME update {union rats}

11/6/2015 Update:

Some things never change around here. Always someone upset about something.

In this case, ACME Supermarkets (who is still in businesses as opposed to getting wrecked by unions the way A&P did) was putting their sign up today.

Well, apparently it was a non-union job – and the infamous “union rat” was out front saying “Shame on DCI Signs (who pays lower wages than the extortionist-high union rates!)”

Our country is screwed up.

Anyway, they got new shopping carts too – complete with coffee holder. God forbid you do your routine shopping without refreshment. I can only imagine tablet and phone holders next. And $1 rental charges for each cart…

Sigh.

ACME opening on Sunday in Hoboken

11/5/2015 Update:

As you might have seen from the “lead photo” ACME Supermarket hopes to open in the old A&P space by Sunday, November 8th.

From what we heard, they’re “keeping” whatever leftover inventory from the A&P and re-selling it. So if “freshness” is your bag, maybe wait a month or five before you shop at the new ACME. At the very least, “check expiration dates” on everything you buy!

Hopefully, ACME has better management. Because that is key. If you have dopes running your store. Those dopes will run your store into the GROUND.

Below are a few shots from the last “dying days” of A&P – empty shelves, desperation, sadness. What a fucking shame. Such a simple business model ruined. By what, we’ll never know. We’ll update this post in a month once ACME has had time to “get up to speed!”

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Acme to replace A&P in Hoboken

8/24/2015 Update:

For those who didn’t hear – Acme is replacing A&P in Hoboken.

As part of their bankruptcy plan – many A&P stores were sold to Acme, Stop & Shop and Key Food.

Hoboken’s A&P will turn into an Acme (which is the better of the three suitors, quite frankly).

The Jersey City A&P and Weehawken Pathmark will also turn into Acme Supermarkets.

Hundreds of A&P and Pathmark employees in the area received “layoff notices,” much to the chagrin of the bloated unions that were partly (mostly) to blame for this debacle.

I wonder if Acme knows that Trader Joe’s slated to open uptown in 2016? They better put their best foot forward!

Read A&P’s full list here.

Acme Hoboken NJ Coming Soon

Previous updates below…

Hoboken and beyond: Will A&P even last through 2015?

7/15/2015 Update:

Ah, the (once) Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. What is now known to most as A&P Supermarket is seemingly “on the ropes” again.

Have you been to an A&P recently, or even in the last year or two? The place sucks!

And not just Hoboken, either. We’ve checked out a few others in New Jersey – and they’re even worse.

High prices. Rotting vegetables. Suspect meat and poultry. Shoddy organics. Poor selection. Lose, lose, lose – across the board.

Is time finally up for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.?

Maybe some of you have read that they’re looking to find a buyer to prevent bankruptcy – which has been bounced around before (see previous update below from almost 5 years ago).

In fact, they’ve been finagling with restructuring for the past few decades, to no avail. Circling the drain in perpetuity! What’s wrong with these people?

It’s time a better supermarket company (like Wegmans or other northeast chains like Weis, Food Lion, and Fairway) seize this opportunity in the heart of Hoboken. Heck, even Acme has a strong NJ presence already.

You could also argue Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s if you want.

Too bad that they’d probably have to buy a large chunk of stores that A&P would be willing to liquidate – rather than “pick and choose.”

(PS – not sure how the other brands like PathMark, Waldbaum’s and Food Emporium are doing – anyone know?)

See one of the earlier “bankruptcy” debacles below…

A&P Supermarket to file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

12/10/2010:

Imagine if A&P Supermarket closed in Hoboken?

“Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., the once-dominant grocery-store chain founded in 1859, may file for bankruptcy in the coming days to restructure debt. The Montvale, New Jersey-based grocer has struggled to cope with mounting competition from discounters such as Target and Wal-Mart Stores.”

See more at Bloomberg.

A&P Supermarket Hoboken chapter 11 bankruptcy

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16 Comments on "Acme IS Hoboken {see ya A&P!}"

hobokenpr
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hobokenpr

If it goes out of business I’m all for a WEGMANS! It’s awesome and would probably do amazing here in hoboken. I’d even take a trader joe’s or whole foods.

john14
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john14
Drex357
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Drex357

I don’t think the hoboken store is bad – it’s better than the Shop Rite and bigger / more well stocked than the Kings. I actually think Kings could make it shine but that would come with slightly higher prices. It’d be a shame to be down to Shop Rite in the middle and the Kings at Shipyard uptown . . . Kings is more like a big version of a convenience store here in the mile square. Maybe if a trader joes comes to Willow 14 it wouldn’t be so bad. But that may be just a dream . . .

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Chapter 11 is a reorg bankruptcy not liquidation, folks. Unless and until we hear about store closings, speculation about where and how to get groceries is a bit premature.

homeworld
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Macy’s has filed for Chapter 11 countless times and they haven’t gone anywhere. [quote comment=”200883″]Chapter 11 is a reorg bankruptcy not liquidation, folks. Unless and until we hear about store closings, speculation about where and how to get groceries is a bit premature.[/quote]

bmacqueens
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I’ve always wondered how this place fell from a position of one-time dominance. A&P is an old, old name in the world of groceries. While I don’t wish bad times on the workers, I’ve noticed many times that the produce was of lesser quality than elsewhere, as was the meat. I can’t abide the warren-like aisles of the location here in Hoboken – too cramped. I’d take my business elsewhere rather than go to A&P, although the location on River Road in the ground floor of a condo complex has nice grocery aisles. Again, however, it’s those bad veggies that make me weary. Did they most recent owners simply over-pay for the company? Jack it so high with LBO debt that it became impossible to compete against a better-capitalized operation?

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

mac the great atlantic and pacific tea co comeon…kid…owned by????[quote comment=”200876″]I’ve always wondered how this place fell from a position of one-time dominance. A&P is an old, old name in the world of groceries. While I don’t wish bad times on the workers, I’ve noticed many times that the produce was of lesser quality than elsewhere, as was the meat. I can’t abide the warren-like aisles of the location here in Hoboken – too cramped. I’d take my business elsewhere rather than go to A&P, although the location on River Road in the ground floor of a condo complex has nice grocery aisles. Again, however, it’s those bad veggies that make me weary. Did they most recent owners simply over-pay for the company? Jack it so high with LBO debt that it became impossible to compete against a better-capitalized operation?[/quote]

bmacqueens
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The A&P name ultimately traces back to the 1600’s trade between England and China, unless I have my details wrong. Isn’t this company, in its previous iterations, as old as the Hudson Bay Company? (As in, “The Bay” in Ontario, goes back to the mid-1600s.)[quote comment=”200880″]mac the great atlantic and pacific tea co comeon…kid…owned by????

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