Acme hosts grand re-open­ing in Cen­tre­ville

Record Observer - - NEWS - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Sur­rounded by lo­cal of­fi­cials and com­mu­nity mem­bers, Acme su­per­mar­ket em­ploy­ees cel­e­brated the grand re-open­ing of the Cen­tre­ville gro­cery store at 611 Rail­road Av­enue on March 31 with a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony and mul­ti­ple check pre­sen­ta­tions.

Store Di­rec­tor Donna Ben­ton said while re­mod­el­ing the lo­cal gro­cery spot one thing was kept in mind through­out each process: the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

With a completely re­mod­eled in­te­rior, in­clud­ing bright signs for each depart­ment, fresh paint, his­toric photos of Cen­tre­ville lo­ca­tions hang­ing from walls, and a new in-store Star­bucks, Acme mar­ket of­fi­cials were ex­cited to show the com­mu­nity the store’s new of­fer­ings.

Store en­hance­ments in­clude a full-ser­vice butcher block with meats fresh cut daily, a full-ser­vice seafood depart­ment, re­vamped bak­ery and flo­ral de­part­ments as well as more nat­u­ral, or­ganic and gluten-free prod­ucts through­out the store. Ben­ton said the store in­creased its home meal so­lu­tions and ex­panded its fresh of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing cheese, its salad bar and its hot bar.

“I know we can make a store look good and carry the right prod­ucts but I also know a gro­cery store ab­so­lutely can­not suc­ceed with­out be­ing a part of the com­mu­nity where we live and work,” Ben­ton said. “So today we are proud that we have the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther our com­mu­nity in­volve­ment by lend­ing sup­port to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions right here in Cen­tre­ville.”

Acme of­fi­cials pre­sented $1,000 checks to each the Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Depart­ment, the Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools. For Cen­tre­ville Parks and Re­cre­ation, the store do­nated a bench made en­tirely from 3,900 plas­tic bags. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each ac­cepted the do­na­tions.

Ear­lier in the cer­e­mony, Cen­tre­ville Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey pre­sented Acme of­fi­cials with a cer­tifi­cate of thanks and well wishes for its in­vest­ment in the store and com­mu­nity. “Thank you for help­ing to feed my fam­ily,” he said.

Thank­ing the team of “tal­ented and ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als,” Ben­ton said she was proud of her team’s ex­pe­ri­ence and en­thu­si­asm.

Acme em­ploy­ees from the Cen­tre­ville team were rec­og­nized in front of the crowd for their hard work, not only in the store’s transformation but their in­di­vid­ual work daily. Each per­son’s name and how many years they had been with the com­pany were read aloud.

In the past 16 months Acme has in­creased its store net­work by more than 60 per­cent to a to­tal of 178 gro­cery lo­ca­tions, Pres­i­dent Dan Croce said. In that time frame, the com­pany in­creased its foot­print by 73 stores.

At the same time, Croce said the com­pany con­tin­ued to rein­vest to con­tinue to serve its com­mu­ni­ties, such as the Cen­tre­ville lo­ca­tion. “We want to make sure that we put to­gether a store that isn’t just the same in ev­ery sin­gle Acme but it rep­re­sents the com­mu­nity it serves,” he said.

From all of the store’s new and ex­panded of­fer­ings, Croce said the en­tire store “screams in­no­va­tion, and it screams the fu­ture of serv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties with the food that they de­mand.”

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PHOTOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Acme rep­re­sen­ta­tives present the Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Depart­ment with a $1,000 check dur­ing the store’s grand re-open­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day, March 31. From left: Rick Pratt, Lt. Kenny Rhodes, Chief Char­lie Rhodes, Donna Ben­ton and Dan Croce.

A Star­bucks Cof­fee lo­ca­tion was un­veiled in the Cen­tre­ville Acme on Fri­day, March 31, as the store held its grand re-open­ing since it went un­der con­struc­tion.

Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil­man Tim McCluskey thanks Acme for making the in­vest­ment in the store near the high school dur­ing a grand re-open­ing cer­e­mony on Fri­day, March 31.

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