Acme Supermarket on LBI Should Reopen By Easter

Beach Stadium 5 Theater to Be Razed Soon
Jan 24, 2013
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Acme supermarket in Beach Haven Park is on track to reopen around Easter, which falls on March 31 this year.

Meanwhile, according to local builder and developer Patrick Moeller, who owns the 6.3-acre property at 9600 Long Beach Blvd. where the Acme sits, the Frank Theaters Beach Stadium 5 next door is slated to be razed in about 30 to 45 days. The Long Beach Island Health Department, he added, subsequently plans to move into trailers behind the water tower on the same block.

“I reached out to my contact at the Acme, and they indicated they would be open before Easter,” Moeller said Tuesday.

“We continue to work hard toward getting the Beach Haven (Park) store open by Easter,” echoed Steve Sylven, external communications manager for Supervalu Inc., which owned the chain before selling to AB Acquisition L.L.C., an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management L.P.

A statement from Supervalu explains, “The sale is not supposed to immediately affect the operation of existing stores.”

As Moeller also explained, the movie theater will be demolished once the approval comes through, “allowing the health department to move forward with their move.”

The area where the movie theater now stands will serve as future parking space for Acme, which has plans to soon build a new store, slightly more north on the property. According to Moeller, the target date to tear down the existing store is early October, with a potential May 1, 2014, reopening.

For the opening this spring, in the current structure, Moeller said the building was gutted and is being redone following Superstorm Sandy. In regard to the renovation, “I’m under the impression they’re putting in all new equipment,” such as freezers and cash registers, which will then be stored during the building of the new Acme.

He added, the LBI Health Department will eventually move from its current location on the second floor of the Long Beach Township municipal building in Brant Beach – where it moved after its building in Haven Beach was damaged during Sandy – to trailers on the lot behind the water tower on the same block as Acme. Moeller has given this section of the property to the township.

As health department Director Tim Hilferty said of the Haven Beach location in an interview with The SandPaper last month, “Because we rent the facility and because of the substantial damage to the other parts of the infrastructure with the heating system and things like that, the owner of the property has decided it would be in the best interest of everybody for the health department to try to find another (permanent) location.”

Moeller, who owns the Haven Beach property, said he will have an application before the township Land Use Board in mid-February to knock down the exisiting building there and redevelop the lot.

— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

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