After being delayed by several months, the renovation of the Society Hill Acme is complete and replete with new lighting that brighten up the space, faux wood floors that provide a contemporary touch and a more efficient layout, all of which veers from what had long been a dark, drab and dated store, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.
But for a three-week break to install new refrigeration equipment, the store remained open to shoppers during the renovations and last minute items and shelve stocking were underway in preparation for a celebratory grand opening scheduled for Friday.
The store at 309 S. 5th St. became part of Acme Markets Inc. in 2015 when A&P filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, what was then a Superfresh, was folded into the grocery chain. It then went on to survive a threat by a developer who had proposed razing the structure to make way for new apartments. A new, long-term lease was negotiated and put on Acme's list for a renovation. The 12,000-square-foot store was overdue for a refresh.