Owner: Jose Seabra
Cooperative: Associated Supermarket Group
Location: 1350 Galloping Hill Rd, Union, NJ
Photographed: January 2020
Today's snapshot is a quick look at this supermarket at Five Points in Union, NJ. We toured this store as an A Seabra Foods in April 2017, before the four A Seabra Foods stores rebranded the following year. The interior, for the record, looks exactly the same (although the grocery aisles have been reset) and the wonderful bakery is still just as wonderful. This store opened as a centennial A&P back in the 1960s, doubled in size around the 70s, then closed around 2005. It became a Foodtown owned by Food Circus Supermarkets, then was briefly converted under the same ownership to a Food King. Around 2007, A Seabra moved in and completely renovated the space. In the 1990s, A&P came up with a plan to move this 30,000 square foot store to a newly built, 66,000-square foot store just over half a mile to the west in Kenilworth. But this location is just blocks from township-owned senior housing, the residents of which relied on the store. The township worked out a deal to keep the smaller store even after the new one opened, and they coexisted for a good 10 years. In 2015, the larger store (opened as a Sav-A-Center and later remodeled to an A&P Fresh 2.0) was sold to ACME Markets and shortly thereafter underwent a remodel. See that store here. Tomorrow we'll be heading across the street to check out two different stores, with one here on The Independent Edition and the other over on Grocery Archaeology!