An Inside Look at the History and Evolution of Acme Markets

Acme Markets is a supermarket chain based in the United States with over 160 stores spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and New York. Founded in 1891 by Samuel Robinson as a small neighborhood store in South Philadelphia, Acme Markets has grown to become one of the leading supermarket chains on the East Coast. In this article, we’ll take an inside look at the history and evolution of Acme Markets.

The Early Days of Acme Markets

Acme Markets started as a small store named “South Philadelphia’s Acme” by Samuel Robinson. The store was located on the corner of Second and Fernon Streets in South Philadelphia. It was a small neighborhood store that sold fresh produce and groceries to the local community.

In 1917, Robinson sold his business to two businessmen who expanded the brand by opening more stores across Philadelphia. By 1922, there were more than 50 Acme stores throughout Philadelphia.

The Growth of Acme Markets

In 1937, American Stores Company acquired Acme Markets and continued to expand its reach throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. In the 1950s and ‘60s, Acme introduced self-service supermarkets with wider aisles and larger parking lots to accommodate growing suburban areas.

Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Acme continued to grow through mergers with other supermarket chains like Penn Fruit Company and Supermarkets General Corporation. They also introduced new technologies such as electronic scanning systems that allowed for faster checkout times.

The Modern Era of Acme Markets

Today, Acme markets have evolved to cater to modern consumers’ needs while still holding onto their traditional values. They offer convenient services like online ordering for pickup or delivery through their website or mobile app.

Acme also offers a range of products catering to different dietary needs, including organic and gluten-free options. They have also introduced in-store pharmacies and expanded their offerings to include home essentials such as cleaning supplies, personal care items, and pet food.

Community Involvement

Acme Markets has always been committed to giving back to the communities they serve. They have various initiatives like the “Round Up” program where customers can round up their purchase to the nearest dollar, with the difference going towards local charities.

They also support local farmers by sourcing fresh produce from nearby farms and participating in community events such as food drives and youth sports sponsorships.


Acme Markets has come a long way since its humble beginnings in South Philadelphia. With its commitment to innovation, convenience, and community involvement, Acme Markets continues to adapt and grow while still holding onto its traditional values of providing fresh produce and groceries.

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