Acme ready to open its Salisbury doors on Friday

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A bright new Acme grocery store opens Friday, with a ceremony and gifts to the community.

Acme will give $1,000 each to the Salisbury Police Department and Salisbury Fire Department Station 16, $1,000 each to the local Maryland Food Bank and Salisbury University; and $2,000 to Wicomico County public schools.

A bench made of recycled materials will be presented to the Salisbury Zoo

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said he’s appreciative of the gifts, “not just to the police department and fire department but also to our schools and food bank.”

“I think that’s great. I am super proud to have them here in this community. We’re so grateful they are quickly becoming part of our community and see themselves as part of the community,” he said.

Day said he hears “nothing but good things” about Acme stores in nearby communities.

The mayor will be at the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, with Jack Heath, president of the Salisbury City Council, and Acme officials.

They will include Dan Croce, president; Bill Crosby, vice president of operations; Kim Gray, vice president of marketing and merchandising; and Renee Baldwin, director of the new store.

Acme opens at 6 a.m. Friday, with the pharmacy following after noon. Store hours will be 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Loyal Giant customers wondering about differences between the two stores – including catering services — will be pleased to know Acme will have “a wide variety of deli, bakery, produce and seafood party platters for our customers to choose from,” said Danielle D’Elia, communications and government relations manager for Acme, based in Malvern, Pa.

“Acme has its own natural and organic product line, and also carries a wide variety of specialty natural and organic items. Customers will be able to submit requests for items that are not initially found in the store,” D’Elia told the Salisbury Independent.

The popular Giant loyalty card will be replaced by what D’Elia called “card-free savings.”

“All sales prices come off automatically at the register without the need for any loyalty card,” she said.

“Customers will have the ability to use personal checks to pay for their orders with the proper identification. However, the store will not have the ability to cash outside checks including payroll checks,” she said.

As for Giant employees, Acme “committed to make written offers of employment to all union associates and to substantially all management associates,” she said.

Customers accustomed to buying organic and natural foods at Giant will find an organic line Acme launched in 2005.

“All O Organics products are USDA certified organic (with) 95 percent and more organic ingredients and proudly carry the USDA certified organic seal,” according to the Acme Web site.

“By definition, O Organics products are also non-GMO. O Organics has offerings for every occasion, from produce to dairy, cereal to snacks, and more—all at a value to the leading organic national brands,” the Web site states.

Like Giant, Acme will have a pharmacy where, at some locations, customers can schedule screenings for A1C, cholesterol and blood glucose.

Acme Markets Inc. was founded in 1891 by friends Samuel Robinson and Robert Crawford, who opened a small neighborhood grocery store at Second and Fernon Streets in South Philadelphia.

Today, Acme has 107 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland and 10,000 employees.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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