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Asian Food Market coming soon in Marlboro

I was driving past the old Acme Market on Rte 79 in Marlboro. There's a sign saying that Asian Food Market is coming soon. I'm pretty excited. Saves 40 mins of driving!

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  1. whoa, it's about time.
    so that's the closed Acme across the CVS near Ryan Rd, right?

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    1. re: yCf

      Yes, it is. About time, is right!

      1. re: eleeper

        Not yet; old Acme is still boarded up (at least it was when I drove by earlier today).

        Can't say that I've seen any recognizable signs of life around that store although perhaps they are working inside or during the workweek when I'm not in the neighborhood.

      2. Does anyone know when they may be opening? I am very excited about this! :)

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        1. re: KerrBear01

          Further update: happened to drive by there today around lunchtime, and the "boarded up" front door was open with some trucks parked nearby & signs of life. That is the first time I have seen anything like that. So perhaps they are making progress ? Hope so, anyhow.....

          1. re: bakersma

            Further update to the update :-(

            Since I posted last about a month ago, I have driven by that store location numerous times on weekdays when you would expect to see at least some evidence of ongoing work activity. Not once have I seen anyone in or near the old Acme; it remains totally boarded up with only the same old temporary "Coming Soon" cloth signs mentioning an Asian Food Market.

            So at this point, I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever see it open......

        2. Looks like work started about a week ago, hopefully it opens soon. I hope it is as good as the market on route 1 in Edison.

          Costco is coming too. We have Wegmans. Head whole foods may build near 520 and route 9. There are a few good Italian pork stores. My shopping can now be done within a 5 mile radius

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          1. re: angelo04

            I was THRILLED when I moved to this area and found Wegman's was so close by. I also heard Trader Joe's was thinking of opening a store in the old Pathmark store which recently closed.

            Also, most of the local Foodtown's were bought out and will become Stop N' Shops.

          2. I emailed them the other day regarding their opening and this was their reply. I was getting scared they they abandoned their plans.

            We should start construction end of this month/early June. Shooting for Nov opening. Thanks for your interest.

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            1. re: DonNut

              The way things seem to work, that says to me maybe some time next year,since every place I've seen announcing an opening is off by months. (The only place I expect to open on time is Costco.)

              1. re: DonNut

                Possible progress observed. Monday around noontime when I drove by, the front door was open and the lights were on inside which immediately caught my attention. Also there were some work trucks parked out in front. Curious, I swung through the parking lot past the entrance area to see what I could see. The interior of the store looked totally empty although some of the Acme decor was still on the walls. There was an Asian gentleman standing by the doorway who seemed like he might be the new proprietor overseeing the activity. I was in a bit of a hurry so I didn't stop to chat with him.

                riving past the plaza on Rt 79 this morning, a large construction type of dumpster was now sitting in the parking lot in front of the store.

                So the timeframe DonNut reported previously may prove to be accurate......

                1. re: bakersma

                  Update: We drove by today. It was boarded up, with no signs of any activity, past or present. Don't hold you breath.

                  1. re: eleeper

                    Its Sunday of course no one is working there today. Its an active construction site Mon-Fri will be open in a few more months. I would guess they are 50% done so far.

                    1. re: DonNut

                      Have to agree with DonNut on this one. Whenever I go by during the week in the daytime working hours, the "front door(s)" are open and there is definitely some sort of construction-related activity going on inside the store. I suspect the pace of the renovation is largely driven by the new owner's cash flow but that in no way necessarily means that the project will not be completed.

                      Also I think DonNut's 50% estimate is pretty close, give or take maybe 10-15% either way, based on what I've seen through the doors driving by slowly when they've been open for view. Whole lotta work to do in a job of this type.

                      1. re: bakersma

                        Drove by this morning, and the permanent sign lettering was up over the front entrance-to-be. Also I have seen a lot of work going on when going past it from time to time during the 'work week'. Sorry 'eleeper', it looks like DonNut was on target and this market will be open for business before too long. Hope it is soon now.

                        1. re: bakersma

                          However, the Middle Eastern restaurant on Rt. 9 South just past Union Hill Road doesn't look anywhere near completion. The sign says Opening 2011, but I really doubt that will happen.

                          1. re: MarlboroMan

                            I can't help but think that banner is just an ad for their Edison location.

                            1. re: yCf

                              If this is similar to the Edison market on RT 1 by Ray Catena we are in for a treat. That is my favorite Asian market and the best in the area IMHO. Hurry and open already!

                              1. re: angelo04

                                The one on Route 1 by Ray Catena is Kam Man, but similar concept.

                            2. re: MarlboroMan

                              As mentioned on another thread... I saw this place lit up one night.. very pretty. Every few months, there'd be a hint of construction. My guess was they'd get some more money, and move forward.

                              Latest effort was mowing the tall grass out front. I guess so interested parties could view it, because there is now a for sale sign prominently posted out front. They've been working on this since 2009, I believe!

                              Going all out on the outside decorations was a bad idea when you can't get the initial restaurant up and running.