ACME Markets, or Ack-uh-me if you’re from the Philadelphia area, is a tried and true favorite when it comes to grocery store allegiances. Whether or not you’ve had the opportunity to walk down their chilled halls, take a look into their history to see how they became the successful chain they are today:
History was made. Friends Samuel Robinson and Robert Crawford came together to establish the first ACME in south Philadelphia more than 100 years ago in 1891.
A few decades later, Robinson and Crawford made the decision to merge ACME Markets with a number of other Philadelphia-based grocery stores, and thus created American Stores. American Stores became so popular across the Philadelphia region that they even managed to rival New York’s A&P!
The first ACME Store opens in New Jersey.
Even despite the lower gasoline rations as a result of World War II, there were 576 ACME stores in the United States. Founder Robert H. Crawford is killed on July 26, 1942, while fighting overseas.
ACME acquired property along the Philadelphia Main Line, extending to Wayne, Devon, and later Berwyn and Paoli. An advertisement
Paul J. Cupp becomes president of American Stores, marking the beginning of a new era for the chain.
The second of the founders and first president of American Stores, Samuel Robinson passes away at age 93 on October 26, 1958. Though Robinson had retired years prior to his passing, he had still remained an active member of the board of directors for American Stores, and his presence was greatly missed.
For the first time, ACME achieves the $1 billion mark in annual revenue.
Data processing and computerized information services make their way into ACME operations, including a new financial data reporting system named Operations Information Systems. The “fast response” system was also implemented, and was used for replenishing store stocks and other important features.
The headquarters of the new American Stores is relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, as the company leads the efforts in expanding their stores to the Sunbelt states. Headquarters for the subsidiary ACME Markets, specifically, however, remain in Philadelphia.
ACME Markets and American Stores part ways, but ACME lives on. Then-president of ACME Markets Robert Neslund was also honored for his efforts in aiding anti-hunger, as that past year had seen a donation of $3.2 million to Philadelphia and the greater Delaware Valley area to do just that.
ACME Markets, along with Jewel-Osco, Star Markets, and the remaining Albertsons stores are sold to SUPERVALU.
Loyal customers continue to patronize the chain, enjoying its fresh foods and friendly atmosphere.