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The Ortley Beach A&P is Now An Acme (Again, Sort Of)

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Acme, Ortley Beach (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Acme, Ortley Beach (Photo: Daniel Nee)

After decades as an A&P store, the barrier island’s only supermarket morphed into an Acme this week, with a construction crew taking down the large A&P sign on Route 35, as well as on the store’s front facade.

Acme purchased the store after A&P declared bankruptcy this summer, resulting in the closure of three other company-owned supermarkets on the mainland – a Pathmark in Toms River and a Pathmark and A&P store Brick. Of the four stores, only the Ortley Beach store will survive under new ownership. The mainland stores will close later this month.

Acme, Ortley Beach (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Acme, Ortley Beach (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Ortley Beach store closed for a few days in order to be restocked by Acme. The supermarket remains looking essentially identical – inside and out – and only the signage signaled the change. The store’s pharmacy section will remain open under the Acme banner.

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The former Acme store, known as the “Seaside Heights Acme” stood essentially in the same location as the current store. It was opened as a sister-store to the Long Beach Island Acme which – coincidentally – was torn down earlier this year and replaced with a much larger building. After the original Acme closed, A&P (which already had a presence near the same site) built the current store, which is ironically now turning into an Acme.

According to the Acme Style blog, the original Acme and A&P stores may – at one time – have co-existed. The sign that remains in the parking lot today is a leftover from the original Acme store.

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  • Roger Houston

    the only thing worse than a&p would be an acme. i heard that in a section 8 area, access by foot to a grocery store is to be maintained. Thx seaside heights, your neighbor Ortly (sic)

    • disqus_N3292TPQCr

      Ortley Beach population isn’t much better then Sleezeside.