News Release
 November 8, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. –Yesterday, six female associates from Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, were recognized as Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer. The Top Women in Grocery Gala Celebration took place at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fl. where 393 women were inducted into this year’s class.

These women strengthen the retail food industry at many levels, within both the retailer and supplier communities. Top Women in Grocery is a community that has continued to grow since 2007, with the best and brightest women in the industry. Honorees were recognized in one of three categories

• Senior-Level Executives (title of Vice President or higher) • Rising Stars (titles lower than Vice President) • Store Managers (titles of Store Manager, Store Director, Area/Region Director)

The following Tops associates were recognized as a nominee for: Nominee Category Title Hometown Kristen Hanson Senior Level Executive VP, Center Store Sales, Merchandising & Pharmacy Locally-Williamsville, NY but hails from Old Orchard Beach, Maine Ashley Tucker Store Manager Store Manager - 11573 State Rt. 32Greenville, NY Saugerties, NY Kandi Newton Store Manager Store Manager - 7395 Turin Rd. Lowville, NY Carthage, NY Mary Ellen Prentice Rising Star Controller, Accounting Operations Amherst, NY Melissa Husul Rising Star Manager, Distribution Payroll & Accounting Depew, NY Alexandra Tamutus Rising Star Corporate Counsel Elma, NY

In order to qualify for consideration, certain criteria needed to be met including but not limited to: • Executing/delivery of outstanding financial/strategic objectives • Astute problem solving abilities • Meeting exceptional performance benchmarks • Superior customer/client program development • Leading innovative initiatives • Results-oriented impacts • Exceptional teambuilding and overall commitment to excellence

To learn more about the Top Women in Grocery award visit

### 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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