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Little Acme Gets New Tenant

Deputy Mayor Greg Gallo announced that a new business would soon be opening in the long-vacant space. (No, it's not Trader Joe's.)

After roughly six years sitting empty on Chester Avenue, the “Little Acme” will soon have a new tenant.

Deputy Mayor Greg Gallo announced Monday night that an architectural firm owned by Shirley Hill, wife of former Commerce Bank CEO Vernon Hill, will be taking up a third of the former supermarket space.

Gallo didn’t have many specifics, but said he expects the business—which is renting the space from Moorestown Friends School—to open its doors in the very near future. The firm is in the midst of asbestos remediation, and will soon undertake some interior and exterior renovations.

“I think it’s going to be quick. I’ve seen them out there,” he said.

Gallo said the name of the business was “InterArch,” but was not sure of the spelling. An Internet search revealed Shirley Hill’s affiliation with a Mount Laurel-based architectural firm named InterArch.

According to Gallo, approximately two-thirds of the building will remain unoccupied, at least initially, leaving the potential for the firm to expand its office space or the addition of a retail business down the line.

Earlier this year, members of the township’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, including Gallo, reported that business representatives expressed interest in opening a farmer’s market in the building.

Asked for his opinion of what Moorestown Friends—which purchased the building shortly after Acme closed—might choose to do with it, Gallo said, “I think they’re going to be opportunistic with it.

“We’re just delighted we have a professional organization coming in … Hopefully this will be the start of some new vitality in there.”

J September 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Fantastic news! Shirley Hill is so talented.
Gustav Mahler September 25, 2012 at 07:17 PM
wtf no little supermarket...? who needs an architectural firm here? i rather have the trader joes or even settle for one of those bottom dollar or aldi stores.
Rob Scott (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Gustav, The firm will only be using about 1/3 of the building (at least initially), so there's the potential for retail to be added in the future. Nothing's planned at this point though.
Terry September 25, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Wasn't EDAC looking at putting a farm market into that property? What happened with that idea?
Rob Scott (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Someone did present that idea to EDAC earlier this year (check out the hyperlink in the story). It would seem the idea never came to fruition.
Townie September 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM
File Under never happy.... First its not an eyesore....then it's the wrong tenant....or with the right tenant there's too much traffic... If you want it to be something, buy it or lease it yourself...otherwise shut up! Six years vacant, you should be happy you'll be able to turn around in the parking lot!
Our Town September 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I'm with Townie, while ideally a single tenant would occupy the entire space, at least something is going there and hopefully that tenant will at the very least, force Friends to keep the place up instead of neglecting it into the unsightly suburban blight it has become.
Julie North October 01, 2012 at 01:49 AM
This should have been something that Moorestown could have populated from...not an architectural building...there's already so many restaurants and building companies and real estate offices on Main street...how about putting something in there more useful. Roller Skating, Indoor Hockey Rink would have been nice
Alida January 13, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I am disappointed as well. Nothing here for the general consumer who can benefit from walking into town to do a little shopping. For our senior population we lost a source to easily purchase food and other conveniences for specialized professional services that will only be appealing to the few. The mayor's first mistake was selling the property to Moorestown Friends.

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