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Main Line Suburban Life > News
No expiration date for the Wayne Acme
Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
By Sam Strike

Despite rumors to the contrary, the Acme supermarket in Wayne is staying put. So say Acme and the property’s owner.

Since the property at 311 E. Lancaster Avenue, near the intersection of Aberdeen Avenue, changed hands a few years ago, talk of losing the supermarket has spread.

Radnor Township has received calls from Best Buy inquiring into the site and received plans submitted by the property owners as recent as February of this year.

Even now, a sign seeking retail and restaurant tenants for “Wayne Square” stands on the property. The 3.5-acre parcel is owned by Baker Properties of Bryn Mawr.

“The Acme is staying,” said a man who answered the phone at Baker Properties.

He could not be reached for further comment.

Even with a Genuardi’s supermarket a half-mile east and another Acme one and a half miles west, concern had been expressed by locals over the many residents, including senior citizens, who are able to walk to the supermarket from their nearby apartments and houses....Recently the township had heard of plans to build a Walgreens pharmacy and in February a plan was resubmitted for a shopping strip including as many as eight tenants in the 37,000-square-foot building.

That plan called for a small reduction in the building size and reuse of the current structure, which is made up of the Acme and a Rite Aid pharmacy.

To redevelop the property in some way, the owners would merely have to obtain grading and building permits from Radnor Township and would require no public discussion or action.

Township planning manager Matt Baumann said Acme moving out would be “unfortunate.”

SO, is the Wayne Acme in the the First Ward of Radnor? Why is there a hornets' nest over there? Public storage for cars? Sucky stormwater management? Billboards? Perpetual full moon? Someone asleep at their desk? What?

Even I have heard the Acme in Wayne rumors. Not that it would surprise me if it closed since most of the people who work there are incredibly lazy. And often rude.

Never-the-less, this grocery store is crucial to Wayne. So why isn't Radnor Township talking about this? And Baker Properties would flip that place in a heartbeat. And if they needed money, they are exactly the type of company that would post a billboard - after all their stupid Baker Property signs are almost billboard sized to begin with!

I have heard since the plans to renovate the Bryn Mawr Acme surfaced that Acme would dump that store. Guess they are moving up the time frame? What I heard (and it was from ACME people at the time), was when the Bryn Mawr re-build was complete, the Wayne, PA store would close. Mind you that was a while ago, and every time I go into the Bryn Mawr Acme employees ask ME when their store is closing for demolition and re-building...I personally don't believe Acme Markets is staying in Wayne, and I doubt they would tell the store employees the truth, because then the employees would leave ahead of time, right?

And who is this Matt Baumann quoted in this article? He sounds like an idiot. But then again, he probably likes billboards too. Yeah Matt, it sure would be unfortunate for ALL THOSE SENIOR CITIZENS who live in those apartment buildings near the Acme to lose their grocery store that was easily accessible.

Walking to the grocery store is also being green. Radnor promotes walkable communities it seems only if the spirit moves them and the daylillies aren't disturbed on Chamounix, right?

No grocery store in Wayne goes against the concept of having a walkable community.

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I have heard similar stories including the rumor that the ACME in Bryn Mawr is being expanded onto the old jaguar dealer property. Upon completion of the new larger Bryn Mawr ACME the Wayne Acme would close. As I said, this is rumor.

It would be a tragedy for Wayne to have the ACME close. Think of the folks that live within easy walking distance of the store, particularly the folks living in the apartments. And wasn't one of the selling points for the "barracks" condos that the proximity to the stores in the area would help increase walking and eliminate vehicle trips? Didn't we do a version of Transit Oriented Development for these condos?

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John, I have been to some of the HT meetings on the Bryn Mawr ACME, and it is NOT a rumor - they will be knocking down the old Philpenn Jag Dealership (what happened to the cool old MG sign I wonder?)as well as the current Acme - they will rebuild from the ground up - AND the new Bryn Mawr Acme will have it's devlivery from Lancaster Ave, which means the traffic on Lancaster won't get better in my opinion with a loading dock there. They had also wanted to locate the driveway for customers of the Bryn Mawr Acme right next to San Marino Road where it meets Penn Street, which of course would be another stupid cluster F for traffic at the foot of that Pennswood Road Bridge (which incidentally is scheduled supposedly for work this summer - not full closure, just work).

However, nothing has started yet because I heard a month or so ago that there were still some unresolved issues between Acme and some neighbors on San Marino.

Yes, it would be a tragedy for the Wayne Acme to close, but if residents aren't doing anything and it sure doesn't sound like Radnor Township is going out of their way, who is to stop it from closing?

Mind you, that Acme has issues. It's convenient though.

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I agree Carla. The only thing I'd like to see replace the Wayne ACME is a Wegmans. Dunno if anyone has made the trek westward towns Downingtown, but that is one stupendous grocery experience (you can get everything from fruit loops to $500 white truffles).

Its also one of the best places to work accoring to Forbes - they really treat their employees with class and dignity).

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Isn't Wegmans going to be in Malvern next? Maybe they could come here. They are fabulous.

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ive been to the downingtown wegmans. they are fabulous and so helpful. you can tell that the staff takes pride in their work.

i like the convenience of acme, but the staff rarely knows where anything is, you have to bag your groceries and they (like home depot) seem to want to rely more and more on the self-checkout (which takes away jobs). id love to see wegmans take over the store, but the one in downingtown is colassal - there is no way that it would fit on the current footprint of the wayne acme.

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Yes, Wegmans is being built on Route 29 between 30 and 202. It is part of a bigger development by O'Neil, think it is called Downtown Worthington or similar.

Wegmans in NJ, by the old race track site, is more accessible or at least easier than downington. And they are great stores.

Friends tell me that they spend less when they shop at Wegmans when compared to Genuardis.

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is that where the l.l. bean is going? (i see the signs whenever i drive on 202).

if so, that is a shopping development that i won't be able to resist!

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