Weehawken Pathmark gets brand new life as ACME supermarket

“I feel better with you guys,” says Ann Gonzalez of North Bergen.

Helen Breen’s been there since the very beginning, when it was Pathmark.

 

“It feels awesome to have a job,” says Breen, who works in customer service. “It’s 120 people who kept their jobs and they’re still hiring.”

Store director Jeff Baricko calls it the most amazing week in his career.

“The people at ACME were wonderful; they flew people in from all over the country,” Baricko says. “All of our associates worked non-stop for the entire week getting the store ready for our shoppers.”

Georgia Virsiotis opened the store in 1982, and she’s been with the company ever since.

“It’s exciting and I have to say thank you to ACME for saving our jobs and letting us come into a new future,” says Virsiotis, who works the melon bar and produce.

According to cashier Emma Headen, it’s a great new chapter.

“The whole thing, the customers — new store, new experience,” Headen says.

These two guys think the store is definitely improved.

“It looks a little better now,” Steven Feliziano says.

“It looks a little better, yeah,” adds Piero Padiloa.

“A little better and they took out the machines, the self-checkout,” Feliziano says.

“Better price, friendly people, friendly,” Gonzalez says.

This store location is so popular and so busy that ACME bought it.

“It’s really critical for a community to have a shopping center that they can run into,” says Mayor Richard Turner. He adds that when people see the store — it’s been refurbished, it’s spotless and so it’s good for the community and it’s great for the employees.

If you want to go:
4100 Park Avenue, Weehawken
Sun-Sat/24 hours

 

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