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Acme Grocery Chain Sold

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 below.

Brian A. January 11, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Since Supervalu pulled out, I wonder whose generics / store brand Acme will carry now? I rather liked Supervalu's stuff (especially their Everyday Essentials items). I really like the Acmes in Bryn Mawr and Bala (the one in Narberth is a little small), I hope they carry on and continue to thrive in this new business arrangement.
Edward Tobin January 11, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Heard on the news last night that they plan to carry the Supervalu line in their stores...good news. I agree that they are one of the best store brands around. The new Bryn Mawr Acme is great and seems to be doing quite well.
Mildred Roberts January 11, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Five will get you ten, GIANT will buy Bala Cynwyd. The others, who knows?
Josh January 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Rite Aid also uses many of the same factories as SVU....
Douglas Martindale January 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Here's the press release from Cerebus. http://www.cerberuscapital.com/news/supervalu_announces_definitive_agreement_for_sale_banners_to_cerberus-led_invinvestor_group They lost big time on an investment in Chrysler as well and they own one of the largest gun an ammo companies in the U.S. Just an FYI on a a Saturday morn!
x January 14, 2013 at 02:09 AM
My wife says, "The Narberth store is my favorite. It's down-home local, has the nicest, friendliest staff of any market I've ever been to (and that's saying a lot, as there have been many, both here and in other states). We share little jokes, they're all very, very helpful, have enough of the things I use. What more could we want?"
Jeff Metzler January 14, 2013 at 07:40 PM
As a food reporter, i must tell you that Weis wants Narberth and Bryn Mawr with its wealthy clientele who demand Kosher supervision. The Cerberus investors will make at laeast five-times their investment by selling off all the Acme realestate. Acme will be history just like Genuard's!!!
Jeff Metzler January 14, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Acme is history, just like genuardi's and superfresh
Bill Collins January 14, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Mildred, Don't rule-out ShopRite. My brother Larry owns several.
x January 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Weis's markets are pretty good. I hope they hire the existing staff.
Wendell Young V January 15, 2013 at 09:17 PM
ShopRite is cheap and employes unionized folks of all colors. Weis is non-union and hates XXXXX.
x January 16, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Hmm. If it's Weis and Acme is union, that's it for the current employees
Former Acme shopper January 16, 2013 at 08:23 PM
You got it baby!!!
Piaffe March 19, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I order my food online through Peapod, which is Giant, after Acme stopped delivering. Do not like Giant's food selection but need most of my food delivered. Stopped going to Acme even when they reopened because they only had self checkout for 15 items or less. I see that they have added a 15 items or less aisle and so I plan to pick up smaller items once again from Acme. But now they are sold! Here we go again.

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