Acme Fresh Market celebrates 130 years by looking to the future

Brahm Buck

It was 130 years ago that Frederick W. Albrecht started Albrecht’s Grocery on a site where Buchtel, Sumner and Center streets intersected in Akron.  He renamed the business Acme Cash Stores soon after that 1891 opening as part of a new cash-only sales business model inspired by a trip to Philadelphia. By 1918, Albrecht had expanded […]

It was 130 years ago that Frederick W. Albrecht started Albrecht’s Grocery on a site where Buchtel, Sumner and Center streets intersected in Akron. 

He renamed the business Acme Cash Stores soon after that 1891 opening as part of a new cash-only sales business model inspired by a trip to Philadelphia. By 1918, Albrecht had expanded to as many as 40 stores in the area.

That was the start of what is now Acme Fresh Market, the local supermarket chain still owned and operated by Albrecht’s descendants. Over the family-owned company’s long history, it has experimented with creating a retail chain called Click, a pharmacy and convenience store concept called Acme Express, and combining Click retail stores with traditional supermarkets, now known as supercenters.

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