Acme Super Market is the country’s first modern grocery (Images: Philippine History and Architecture)
Long before the emergence of today’s big supermarkets, Filipinos and Americans staying in the city had the pleasure of enjoying foods from the US, Europe, and Australia without leaving the country through Acme Super Market
. Established in the late 1940s, this grocery found between the streets of Mabini and M.H. del Pilar in Ermita, Manila was the go-to place of people looking for imported goods
such as chocolates, gums, potato chips, and comics. Due to its success, Acme later on opened another branch in the upscale residential area of Forbes Park to cater to the people living in the place. However, both of these two branches ceased their operations when bigger supermarkets emerged during the latter part of the 20th century.
A combination of the Spanish and American influences is the best description one can use to describe the retail scene in Manila before the dominance of SM malls. They are evidently different from the big shopping malls we know today, but are still relatively important to the culture which the people have developed through the years.
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