Thursday, May 2, 2013
See how your favorite Bala Cynwyd eatery graded out in the most recent health inspection reports.
The Montgomery County Health Department recently conducted inspections on facilities in Lower Merion Township. Below is each facility's name as well as the date of its inspection, which includes the health department's report. Also listed is each facility's number of violations, out of 54 categories; the reports contain details on the violations. Ardmore Bala Cynwyd Bryn Mawr Penn Valley Wynnewood
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Find out what's been going on around the region this week that you might have missed.
Friday, January 11, 2013
The brand has a strong presence in Lower Merion, but its future is uncertain.
Acme Markets, which operates three grocery stores in Lower Merion, is among several chains the Supervalu company has sold to investment consortium Cerberus Capital Management, Supervalu announced Thursday. There was no announcement from Supervalu or Cerberus about how the sale will affect the future of the grocery stores. Acme has a store in Bala Cynwyd (where a shopper won $1 million last year) and one in Penn Valley, as well as a Bryn Mawr store that reopened last year after renovations. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in July that moves by Supervalu executives seemed to indicate they were looking for buyers for Acme and their other grocery "banners". Are you concerned about the fate of Acme Markets? Tell us in the comments section …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The incident happened at the Bala Cynwyd store about 4 p.m. Nov. 14.
An unidentified man removed a cash register Thursday afternoon from the Bala Cynwyd Acme and left the store unimpeded, Lower Merion police said Monday. About 4 p.m. Nov. 14, store-surveillance footage shows, a black man in his 30s or 40s wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans pulled cords out from the rear of a register, then carried it out of the store. The total loss was about $1,700, police said. Acme reported the theft about noon on Friday, Nov. 15. Anyone with information about the cash-register theft may call the LMPD non-emergency police line: 610-649-1000.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Local supermarkets are spared the axe from SuperValu cuts.
Although 38 supermarkets—including three in the Delaware Valley—will close due to underperformance, the Acmes in Bala Cynwyd and in Penn Valley will survive. Corporate owner Supervalu Inc. announced Wednesday in a news release that it will close about 60 stores, including 38 supermarkets, that are deemed "underperforming or non-strategic." The chain owns Malvern-based Acme. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Morrisville, Sharon Hill, and Glassboro, NJ will see their Acmes close before Dec. 1, 2012. An additional Acme will close in Stevensville, MD. Wayne Sales, SuperValu's president, said: “These decisions are never easy because of the impact a store closure has on our team members, our customers, and our communities. Today’s …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Joseph Facciolo and his family and friends enjoyed a giant-check presentation Wednesday morning at the Bala Cynwyd Acme.
The Belmont Hills man who won Acme's $1 million summer sweepstakes grand prize celebrated in the spotlight Wednesday morning in a ceremony at the Bala Cynwyd grocery store. Joseph Facciolo collected game-piece tickets on shopping trips throughout the summer, and they combined uniquely to qualify him for the jackpot, at odds of 48 million to one. He interviewed first with Patch Tuesday evening. The 26-year-old Temple University dental student was presented with a ceremonial check, as well as a personalized Philadelphia Eagles jersey from team mascot Swoop. Facciolo came with his parents, his girlfriend and her mother, two of his three brothers and their girlfriends, he said. They posed for pictures, and he conducted interviews with multiple…
Patch interviews Temple dental student Joseph Facciolo, whose trips to the Bala Cynwyd store put him on the right side of 48-million-to-1 odds.
On a Tuesday night in late July, Joseph Facciolo stopped at Acme in Bala Cynwyd to pick up ingredients for pasta sauce. The next night, on a whim, the 26-year-old Belmont Hills dental student at Temple University looked through the sweepstakes tickets he had collected all summer with his receipts from the store. "I stood up and I said, 'Oh my God,'" Facciolo said. "I got away from the table, walked out of my apartment for a couple seconds, took a deep breath, and went to go figure out what had just happened." The night after that, he stood in front of the Penn Valley store's customer-service clerk. She looked at the six tickets he had brought. "Don't go anywhere," she told him. "I have to call my manager." Moments later, Facciolo overheard…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Joseph Facciolo will be presented his check Wednesday at the store, the grocery chain announced.
A Temple University student has won $1 million in the Acme grocery chain's "game-piece" collection, and he will receive his grand prize Wednesday at the Bala Cynwyd store where he picked up the lucky ticket, an Acme spokesman announced Tuesday. Shoppers have been collecting "Sizzlin' Summer Giveaway Collect and Win" novelty game board pieces since May 18, spokesman Steve Sylven said. Temple student Joseph Facciolo collected the only grand prize piece printed—a one in 48 million shot, Sylven said. Facciolo is scheduled to receive his prize at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Bala Cynwyd Acme. Check back with Patch for updates on this story.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The grocery chain's most recent quarterly report raised the question of whether it might be up for sale.
Acme Markets parent company SuperValu Inc. on Monday replaced president and CEO Craig Herkert with board chairman Wayne Sales, less than three weeks after the grocery chain's dismal quarterly report. Acme operates stores in Bala Cynwyd and in Penn Valley. "We will take significant cost out of the business, and move with urgency in our retail food business to lower prices and create points of sustainable differentiation for our customers," Sales said in a statement from the company. In the report July 12, the company reported falling sales, vowed to cut costs and said it planned to withhold investor dividends. Moreover, its stated plan to "explore strategic alternatives" was characterized by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "corporate parlance …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Parent company Supervalu's stock plummeted after its quarterly report was released.
A quarterly report from Supervalu Inc., parent company of the Acme supermarket chain that has stores in Bala Cynwyd and in Penn Valley, prompted concern this week from observers in the financial sector and local representatives of its employees. A report from The Philadelphia Inquirer characterized Supervalu's plan for "reviewing strategic alternatives" as a possible indicator the company is seeking a buyer. The SEC report indicates Supervalu's intent to cut costs and not pay stockholder dividends. The Inquirer article also conveyed local grocery-worker union leaders' concerns about the company's financial future. Supervalu's stock price closed Wednesday at $5.29, then fell to $2.69 Thursday and again to $2.37 Friday.