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June 2, 1995 | By Craig LaBan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After nearly a decade of anticipation, township residents who say they have had to travel outside Pemberton to find a decent grocery store will finally have a large, modern supermarket to call their own. The Township Council and Planning Board approved resolutions in a special meeting Wednesday night that will pave the way for a 45,000-square-foot Acme supermarket to be built at the corner of Broadway and Trenton Road. The owners of Acme - American Stores Properties of Salt Lake City, Utah - indicated they plan to break ground within the next two months, said Township Administrator Michael Spurgeon.
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June 17, 1990 | By Jeff McGaw, Special to The Inquirer
Business, they say, is healthy. It might even have picked up a little lately, according to one employee. The location at a busy intersection is "great," according to a company spokesman. Nonetheless, the Acme market that for more than a quarter of a century has been a fixture on the corner of Street and York Roads in Warminster will close Saturday. The inability to renegotiate a new lease has been cited as the official cause of death by both Acme spokesman Walter Rubel and Leonard Cutler, spokesman for Abraham Cutler, the property owner.
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December 9, 1990 | By Richard V. Sabatini, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Northeast Acme Markets cited last month by the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) for short-weighting food have received 22 such citations since 1987, an L&I spokeswoman said last week. The Acme at 8200 Roosevelt Blvd. has received 14 citations, said L&I spokeswoman Cynthia Bayete. "And it causes our inspectors the most concern of the two," she said. The Roosevelt Boulevard store was cited for one violation in 1987, six in 1988 and seven this year. The other store, at Rising Sun Plaza, 501 Adams Ave., was cited for three violations in 1987, two in 1989 and three this year.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1987 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
Q. What's a boneless spare rib? A. Dunno, but they were on sale for $2.78 a pound at Acme last week. The Daily News called Acme headquarters after spotting Acme's ad for boneless ribs the other day. "Haven't we got a contradiction in terms?" we asked? The woman on the other end of the line chuckled. Said she didn't know. Suggested we call Walt Rubel, a fellow in the chain's legal department, who talks to the press. A lawyer. Hmmmm. What does he have to do with broken ribs?
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May 21, 1997 | By Anika M. Scott, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Citing potential traffic problems, the Tredyffrin supervisors on Monday postponed a vote on a planned expansion of the Paoli Shopping Center. The supervisors gave Robert Lentz, an attorney for the Paoli Shopping Center Limited Partnership, until June 16 to fine-tune the preliminary plan for a 60,000-square-foot Acme supermarket in a vacant field behind the center. It would replace a 20,000-square-foot Acme on Route 30, which would be renovated to house retail stores. The supervisors declined to grant Lentz variances to allow smaller parking spaces and to build a structure of more than 12,000 square feet on the site.
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February 18, 1997 | By Heather Moore, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Despite six months of protest ignited by a proposed Acme supermarket, only a handful of homeowners watched the Board of Supervisors unanimously approve plans for the store at a meeting last week. Residents of the County Line Park development and surrounding neighborhoods have complained that the 66,500-square-foot supermarket planned for Route 202 and Schoolhouse Road would increase traffic, replace a beautiful stretch of woods with an enormous parking lot, and - worst of all - add to flooding problems.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1991 | by Jenice Armstrong and Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writers
Labor union locals representing about 22,000 Acme employees voted overwhelmingly yesterday in support of a plan aimed at purchasing the city's dominant grocery chain from its parent company. The vote, 3,539 to 278, was taken at eight separate meetings held throughout the region and concluded with a massive gathering at the Civic Center last night. Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union arrived by car and in busloads, and nearly filled the entire first floor of the Civic Center.
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January 12, 1995 | By Laura Genao, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Thinking about running around the corner for tomato sauce? Think again if you live in Broomall. According to township officials and representatives of an employees' union, the Acme store at 2517 West Chester Pike will close Jan. 28. Wendell Young, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, said the 80 to 100 union employees of the store received notices Monday that they would be transferred to other stores in...
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August 12, 1996 | By Erin Mooney, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mitch Diodato left Philadelphia and moved to New Britain to get away from the city. He liked standing on his deck and watching an occasional deer leap across an adjacent field or a fox move stealthily through the tall grass behind his home. With a 66,500-square-foot supermarket scheduled to be built on eight acres behind his house, he thinks his glimpses of wildlife will become few and far between. "What they've done is effectively turn this place into Northeast Philadelphia," he lamented.
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July 3, 1996 | By Natalie Pompilio, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
With some conditions, the township Planning Board last night unanimously approved the Acme supermarket's plan to open a larger store about a mile from its Route 130 location. The plan also calls for the present Acme store to close. The most controversial condition was that Acme change the store's planned access from Riverton Road to an entrance only. The Cinnaminson Township Committee must now make the final decision on the supermarket's application to open a 63,000-square-foot superstore that would include a pharmacy in the Clover Square strip mall on Route 130 near Riverton Road.
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April 6, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James J. Baumann, 59, of Westbrook Park, an Acme Markets worker who, despite being blinded at an early age, led a life filled with activity and optimism, died Saturday, March 28, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as Jimmy, Mr. Baumann attended Holy Cross School in Springfield, Delaware County, and graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1973. At age 18, while he and a friend were playing with a shotgun in Chestnut Hill, the gun discharged accidentally, hitting him in the head.
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December 14, 2014 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
Edgar and Selma Davis work out at several gymnasiums: the Acme in the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center; the ShopRite in Parkside; the Pathmark on Monument Road near City Avenue; and the Super Fresh on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood. Yes, the Davises get their exercise while food shopping. Four or five days a week, they visit one of their favorite supermarkets, and while Selma, 75, searches for grocery items, Edgar, 87, pushes around a cart, sometimes succumbing to an impulse buy but mostly enjoying the cornucopia.
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November 21, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes, omens appear in mundane places - the $5 bin at Acme, for instance. At least, that's how it felt when Felicite Moorman and Sean Hawley were buying groceries last March. "The day we closed on the house, The Money Pit was on sale," Moorman said. "We came home and watched it - and were like, ' Noooo. ' " The film about a traumatic renovation job felt a little close to home for the couple, who had just purchased their own white elephant: a circa-1851 East Falls manse that had weathered invasions by weed trees, scrappers, and graffiti writers.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Acme Markets told its largest union Wednesday that it was unilaterally terminating its contract, effective April 30. The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, has scheduled a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at Temple University's Liacouras Center for its 2,700 Acme employee members to discuss options: a strike, a lockout possibility, or working without a contract. "A work stoppage is always the last resort," said Wendell Young 4th, who heads the union local. He said Acme clerks have been working under the terms of a contract that expired in February 2012.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Acme Markets' corporate parent, the Albertsons grocery-store chain, on Thursday purchased Safeway Inc., for about $9 billion. Albertsons is controlled by an investor group led by Cerberus, a New York-based private-equity firm. Other investors included Philadelphia-based Lubert-Adler Partners, Kimco Realty Corp., Klaff Realty L.P., and Schottenstein Real Estate Group. With the purchase of Safeway, the group will now control about 2,400 grocery stores, making it one of the largest chains in the country.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Acme supermarkets on Wilmington Pike in Westtown and Lincoln Highway in Exton will close by mid-February after their leases expire, though there are no plans to close additional stores in the near future and the chain's new owners plan to renovate several others this year, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The two supermarkets, among the Acme division bought last year from Supervalu Inc. by real estate investor and private equity consortium AB Acquisition L.L.C., employ 120 unionized workers who "will have the opportunity to transfer to open positions at stores nearby," said Angela Perez, an Acme spokeswoman in Malvern.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Acme Markets' corporate parent, Supervalu Inc., completed the sale Thursday of five grocery chains, including Malvern-based Acme, to a group of private-equity firms and real estate investors. The price was $100 million and the assumption of $3.2 billion in debt. Operations of Acme, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, and Star Market stores and related in-store pharmacies were to transfer at 3:01 a.m. Friday to AB Acquisition L.L.C., an affiliate of an investor consortium, former Chrysler Corp.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2013
"I hear they are going to try to operationally run the stores, rather than sell them to a competitor like Kroger or Safeway. That remains to be seen. " - Analyst Michael Keara, Morningstar Inc., on the future of Acme markets, sold by Supervalu Inc. to a group of private-equity firms. "Let's not sit around and wait to be told what to do. Let's build a business. " - Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO, Aereo Inc., a new Internet-based TV service that is moving in to major markets, including Philadelphia, despite uncertainty over accordance with broadcast copyright law. "The key is not to make it a different product, but how do you make it simpler?"
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January 12, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A vacant Acme Market that for six years has stood as a ghostly presence in downtown Moorestown has acquired a tenant and is getting a makeover. Moorestown Friends School, which acquired the site in 2006 with plans to convert it to classrooms, announced this week that a Mount Laurel architecture firm had leased the 15,000-square-foot space for its offices and is renovating its interior and brick exterior. "This is a concluding chapter to this period in school and town history," said the school's director of development, Mike Schlotterbeck.
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