Bhavani Food Farmers Market
Opened: ca. 2016
Location: 1050 US-9, Parlin, NJ
Photographed: February 2021
Our final supermarket of the Old Bridge & Freehold group is Bhavani Food Farmers Market, an independent Indian grocery store here in the Sayre Woods Shopping Center. The mall also was previously home to Grand Union and ACME stores, our other posts of the day. The store appears to be in the range of 11,000 square feet.
I'm intrigued by the decor inside this store, which seems to be secondhand from a chain store. Don't get me wrong, it looks good in this space, but it doesn't look like it was made for this store. My gut (and every bright orange shopping cart in the place) tell me Bottom Dollar, but I've never actually been inside a Bottom Dollar. To be clear, I do actually mean that every shopping cart still has its Bottom Dollar Food handle intact.
The back of the first aisle is an enclosed refrigerator room to display about half of the produce, with the rest of produce in the first aisle. Refrigerated items line the back wall, with frozen foods in the last aisle. Like most (all?) Indian stores I've been to, there is no meat sold.
A look at one of the grocery aisles.
The decor elements here appear to be repainted from their original appearance. It also seems that those unusually-shaped panels were not designed to cover the departmental signage, so perhaps they were designed for a larger space.
More evidence of Bottom Dollar here in the last aisle, with the orange category marker for "entrees". Now my assumption is that this store purchased its carts, decor, and so on from a closed Bottom Dollar, but is it possible that Bottom Dollar very briefly occupied this space -- or even had plans to but had to cancel when the chain went under? I doubt they had a store this far north/east as their NJ locations were in the Philadelphia area, but I suppose it's possible. Anyway, make sure to check out our other two posts of the day here and here and up next, it's on to the next group to the north!