St. Michaels' Only Boater-Accessible Grocery Store to Close

Almost any cruiser who spends time in St. Michaels has made the trudge to the ACME grocery store on South Talbot Street. It’s just about the only place for boaters to provision that’s within walking distance.

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And now, ACME Markets has announced it’s closing for good October 8. The company tells Bay Bulletin it was a real estate decision, and ACME is reinvesting its resources to open new stores in other places.

It’s a big blow to the town of St. Michaels, and boaters as well.

“Like all retailers, we are constantly evaluating our store portfolio and have to look at every angle of the business,” explains ACME Communications and Government Relations Manager Chris Ellis. “We will work to deploy the team and resources to other locations to serve our customers.”

ACME is the only grocery store in downtown St. Michaels, and many people walk there to pick up groceries.

The closest next option is Graul’s Market, which is a 30 minute walk past ACME on Talbot Street.

According to land records, the ACME building and property is owned by the West Talbot Improvement Association and was assessed at $498,467 as of July 1.

The Easton Star-Democrat is reporting that Bob Hockaday, co-owner of the antique jewelry store across the street from ACME, has put in a bid to buy the property. But there’s no indication so far what he plans to do with it if the deal goes through.