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Snapshot: Allamuchy General Store - Allamuchy, NJ

Allamuchy General Store
Owner: unknown
Opened: 1827-2021
Cooperative: none
 2 Johnsonburg Rd, Allamuchy, NJ
Photographed: April 2012
Taking a break from the supermarkets we've been seeing for a fun stop by the Allamuchy General Store, opened 1827 but unfortunately closed in the middle of last year, and in its later days became a wonderful deli where I got, way back in 2012 when this picture was taken, one of the best and most memorable burgers I've ever had. I love the signage here! This store is located just off of route 80, and is just across the highway from a beautiful scenic lookout. When we finish all the stores that we're going to see here in New Jersey, I'll do a Streetside Sights & Scenes feature of all my pictures that I've collected from around the state and I do hope to give any out-of-state readers the clear picture that New Jersey isn't all oil refineries and crowded overpasses -- which it certainly isn't. We have beautiful cities, gorgeous scenery, mountains, lakes, rivers, farms, you name it. But that all will have to wait a few more weeks until we finish New Jersey! Tomorrow we head into Hackettstown for a pair of former supermarkets over on Grocery Archaeology!


  1. This part of the state along the Water Gap is about as far different from the big cities in NJ as the Adirondacks are from NYC.

    Unfortunately, those who are not familiar with these states have trouble understanding that the entire state isn't the same.

    People often try to divide NJ into North and South, but it is really better done in four quarters, as the NE and SW (nearest parts to NYC and Philly) differ from this area (NW) and the SE (shore) region.

  2. Zachary and Billy make great points about the diversity of New Jersey.

    As to the Allamuchy General Store, I'm sorry to learn that it is now closed. And I'm curious as to when it stopped being a general store and instead became a cafe.

    --A&P Fan

    1. Good points all around here! I like the NE-SW and NW-SE divisions, although the Pine Barrens and the rest of that very sparse area to the SW are very much not Philadelphia suburbs the way Burlington/Camden counties are.

      A&P Fan, I don't know, but that's a really good question. I would bet sometime around or after 2000 but that's based only on a vague recollection of what the interior looked like when I visited.

    2. Maybe it needs to be 5 sections? Or possibly just split the SW/SE differently such that the SW is only the more suburban parts around Trenton and Philly, while the SE covers more of the state out to the shore?

      Obviously the shore is more busy for a few months a year, but out of season is probably quite a bit more similar to those sparse areas than they are to the Philly suburbs?

    3. Sounds logical to me. I can ask my friend who runs a Twitter page about maps and mapping, but that's dangerous; it's kind of like asking me some innocuous question about supermarkets...


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