Giant Farmers Market
Owner: Sang Kim
Location: 19 Wyckoff Ave, Waldwick, NJ
Photographed: December 2020
The largest of three Giant Farmers Markets, the Waldwick location opened in 2018 in a former Stop & Shop which, in turn, replaced a Grand Union that closed in 2001. Acme Style actually captured the Stop & Shop just before it closed back in 2017, which you can see here.
At 22,000 square feet, the location is rather large for a perishables-focused operation like Giant Farmers Market. So much of the store is taken up by regular grocery aisles, although the selection is still fairly limited and there is no storebrand, except for a few Parade items in nonfoods that I saw. The produce department, which is in an expansion at the far left side of the store, seems to have been expanded from its original layout into the former grocery aisles and bakery department. Today, the left 1/4 of the store or so is produce, with sushi, bakery, deli, butcher, and seafood lining the back wall. A ridiculously tiny frozen foods section is tucked in the back corner, with dairy lining the right side wall of the store. A wide first grocery aisle features hot food, salad, soup, and olive bars as well as fresh bread, and the floral department is in the front right corner. So it's quite a wide range of stuff in here. I think Giant pulls it off better than Stop & Shop did.
There's certainly a no-frills feeling to the space, which is outfitted with simple polished concrete floors and decor that almost looks homemade. But the selection and pricing is there, and the quality seemed to be better than the not-so-wonderful Farmers Market Group stores I tend to visit more frequently (see here and here).
Along with a very large international selection in the produce throughout, there's a very impressive organic section here in the back corner. Again, something I don't see at the Farmers Market Group stores.
Each of the service departments (sushi, bakery, deli, meat, and seafood) is an outside business. Stores like this don't tend to run their own service departments. That means you pay for what you purchase at each counter at the counter itself instead of at the main register. This is the only Giant with a bakery.
Prepared foods bars running along the first grocery aisle. As we can see, there is basically nothing at all left over from Stop & Shop, but it's also a very basic setup. Not a lot of money went into the appearance of the space, which seems to translate into lower prices.
Looking along the back wall of the store, with the service counters behind the cheese case we see here. Now that I think about it, it's possible these island cases are left over from Stop & Shop, but it's hard to tell.
The decor is... not attractive. Maybe it's just the color of the walls, but I almost feel like they'd be better off with no decor at all. I love the wooden awning though.
But the service counters themselves are beautiful. That's quite the butcher! Seafood is up next...
I'll also point out that the few coolers in the back here are the only frozen foods cases. The rest of the wall is dairy. Why such a tiny selection?
Jumping into the grocery aisles for a pretty darn good selection. I'd say there are maybe six aisles in total. Like in the produce department, international and organic items are emphasized.
Solid nonfoods selection, too. And take a look at Acme Style's tour of the Stop & Shop... doesn't that decor somehow look older than the decor it replaced?
Dairy lines the outside of the last aisle. Floral takes up the front corner in front of the small office, which you can see with the window above.
And the front end was busy, but there were plenty of registers open.
Looking good here on the front ends with the flags making for a lively feeling! Still not sure about that mint green, though. Anyway, Stop & Shop likely closed this store without a replacement because they had an existing store in Wyckoff just two and a half miles to the west. Unfortunately I don't have a tour of that Stop & Shop, but I do have a tour of the much newer supermarket immediately next door to it, so head over to The Market Report tomorrow to check that out!