Acme hosts grand re-opening in Centreville
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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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.