News Release
 June 3, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, announced today that the company will be launching a Stars for Our Troops initiative beginning June 9-22, 2019. The program welcomes the community to donate their worn and tattered American Flags at select Tops Markets locations for proper retirement. In collaboration with partner Veterans organizations, including Honor Flight and local VFW’s, embroidered stars will be preserved and presented to local veterans who have defended our flag.

“The respect and gratitude we have for the people who serve and have served in the military is immeasurable, and for that we are forever grateful,” said Kathy Sautter, public and media relations manager for Tops. With Flag Day approaching on June 14 and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Tops wanted to offer the community this service to not only properly retire their flags, but also know they are in some small way extending their thanks and respect to a Veteran through Stars for Our Troops.

“Many people don’t know how or where to retire their aged flags and end up just tucking them away in a garage or attic. This program allows us to not only assist the community with proper retirement, but also gives back to our Veterans in a unique and meaningful way,” said Sautter.


When stars are removed and presented to a Veteran at local VA Hospitals, nursing homes, and placed in Honor Flight care packages the following message is tucked along with each star: "I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten.”

The following 33 Tops Friendly Markets locations as well as the Tops Corporate office will have collection bins in their vestibules for American Flag Retirement June 9-22, 2019:

Buffalo: Tops Corporate Office - 1760 Wherle Dr., Buffalo, NY, 14225 5827 S. Transit Rd., Lockport, NY, 14094 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY, 14304 3980 Maple Rd., Amherst, NY, 14226 3201 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY, 14127 2140 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY, 14072 3865 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY, 14225 800 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY, 14224 9660 Transit Rd., Amherst, NY, 14051 150 Niagara St., Tonawanda, NY, 14150 S. 6150 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY, 14075 390 W. Main St., Batavia, NY, 14020 3955 Vineyard Dr., Dunkirk, NY, 14048 5274 Main St./Union Rd., Williamsville, NY, 14221

Rochester: 1215 Jefferson Rd., Henrietta, NY, 14623 1601 Penfield Rd., Rochester, NY, 14625 2345 Buffalo Rd., Rochester, NY, 14624 98 South Ave., Hilton, NY, 14468 27 Slayton Ave., Spencerport, NY, 14559

Syracuse: 2265 Downer St, Baldwinsville, NY, 13027 40 Fennel St., Skaneateles, NY, 13152 800 West Genesee St., Chittenango, NY, 13037 3830 Rome Rd. Pulaski, NY, 13142 119 West Seneca St., Manlius, NY, 13104

Hudson Valley/Midstate: 3932 Sate Route 281, Cortland, NY, 13045 1936 US Route 6, Carmel, NY, 10512


Northern, NY: 155 Church St., Saranac Lake, NY, 12983 127 Main St., Stamford, NY, 12167 21501 NY State Route 22, Hoosick Falls, NY, 12090

Southern Tier: 1600 Cedar St., Elmira, NY, 14904 35 Franklin Plaza, Dansville, NY, 14437

Pennsylvania Stores: 3014 Elmira St., Sayre, PA, 18840 712 W. 38th Street, Erie, PA, 16508 9 Leather Rd., Sheffield, PA, 16347

Tops is a longtime supporter of military associates and customers. The company’s actions include its annual discount for Veteran’s on Veteran’s day, support of the American Veterans Tribute Traveling Wall, Honor Flight Missions, sending care packages for troops serving domestically and overseas, VA hospital visits, and participation in veteran job fairs, parades, and expo’s.

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About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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