For Doris Randolph, Saturday’s demolition of the Sycamore Street Acme was a bittersweet moment.
The Northampton resident grew up in Newtown Borough and worked at the grocery store for nearly seven years, starting in 1955 when she was 16.
“I’m sad to see it go,” said Randolph, who was known during her time at the store as Doris Wilson.
Randolph and about 15 people who formerly worked at the Sycamore Street Acme location attended a small get together and photo session in the minutes before the decaying building was annihilated by demolition crews.
“It’s nice to see everyone here,” said Jim Brannigan, who worked as a produce manager at the store for 20 years.
Brannigan said he fondly looks back on the people, the countless employee picnics and Christmas parties.
“There are a lot of memories here,” he said. “But it’s an eyesore for [Newtown.]”
Andy Sims, who worked for Acme for 26 years and at the Sycamore Street store from 1986 to 1989, said is was a different time when he worked at the store. “Things were a bit slower in the 80s.”
“I’d rather see the store come down then drive by it all the time,” he added.
Many of the employees recalled looking back at how big the roughly 20,000-square-foot store seemed at the time. They recalled the patterned tile floors, the bakery and frozen food isle.
Employees shared memorable moments from their days and nights working at the 1950s-era store.
Theresa Crowley remembered helping actress Catherine O'Hara, known for her roles in “Home Alone” and “Best in Show,” find a foil baking pan. The actress told Crowley she was in the area visiting family for Christmas. The Acme employee received a signed autograph and thank you from O’Hara.
Wayne Wallace said he will always remember having to trek up Route 413 in the snow to get to the store. “We always had to be here.”
Randolph laughed when she recalled working as a cashier and hearing a woman yelling for “George” throughout the store. She later learned the woman had snuck her Chihuahua, named George, into the store. The pooch had escaped and was running loose in the supermarket.
“The nicest part about working there was the people you knew because they came in every day. I won’t forget that, she said as her eyes gazed toward an excavator’s claw chewing away at the front former supermarket’s awning.