After just over a year and a half in business, one of Newark’s largest supermarkets will soon be closing its doors.
ACME Markets has announced plans to shut its sole location in the city, which is within the Ferry Plaza at 281-295 Ferry Street in the Ironbound neighborhood. Signs have been posted at the supermarket advertising sales on many items.
ACME Communications and Government Relations Manager Danielle D’Elia tells Jersey Digs that “closing a store is always a tough decision, but we are focused on growing our business and reinvesting those resources into our new stores, including two new locations in Philadelphia that we are planning to open in the coming months, along with other sites we are aggressively exploring and hope to announce soon.”
According to D’Elia, there are “no immediate plans to close any other locations” in Northern New Jersey. The Newark store will close by June 16th.
Previously, the space was occupied by a Pathmark supermarket, but it closed in 2015 following the bankruptcy of the company’s parent corporation, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. At the time, ACME, which had dozens of stores in the region decades before, made its first major expansion into Northern New Jersey in recent years, opening supermarkets in former A&P and Pathmark spaces in communities like Hoboken, Montclair, and West New York.
Despite an increase in culinary offerings across the city in recent years, especially in Downtown, Pathmark’s other former Newark location on Bergen Street remains vacant and the closing of this ACME leaves locations of Seabra Foods and A&J Seabra’s as the only supermarkets in the Ironbound, which is one of Newark’s fastest growing neighborhoods.