It's a shame to see the landmark neon sign replaced with translucent plastic and LEDs. If the old sign had failed and required major service or replacement, obviously today's economy would dictate that it should be accomplished in a cost effective way. But with the landmark sign still glowing pretty well and looking really good, I just don't get the impetus for swapping it for a plastic sign. We have enough of that style of sign already via Tops and Rite Aid.
It's too bad whenever we come up with a better and cheaper way to approach something in this country the result is usually, well, more cheaper than better. The lettering may perhaps be an exact match in terms of the outline of the letters, but the nighttime appearance is going to be off. If a new sign was required, I would have preferred one that retained the glowing stylized tube design as well as the neon orange color.