ACME MARKETS, THE longtime Philadelphia grocery institution, is under siege from a number of competitors that share more than a desire for its leading market position. Area observers note that competitors with a strong emphasis on price — Giant, Pathmark, ShopRite and Wal-Mart Supercenter among them — have made advances in share over the last year while Acme saw its leading share slip to 18% from 18.9% a year ago, according to Metro Market Studies, Tucson, Ariz. The Philadelphia ...

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