News Release
 October 20, 2004
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz

Norwalk, Ohio  Tops Markets unveiled its second new prototype store in Ohio as it opened the doors of a brand new 51,000 square foot store at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2004. The new store, located at 80 Whittlesey Avenue in Norwalk, Ohio, opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Tops officials and local dignitaries.

The prototype features an entirely new décor package that will give customers the feeling of shopping in a more intimate setting, featuring a store within the store concept, Rick Gonzalez, twenty-six year Tops veteran and Norwalk store manager commented. Key departments such as the bakery, deli, meat and seafood are set off with their own look and feel, giving unique identities to the various sections of the store.

Store Features and Amenities Customers will find that familiar features of Tops Markets have been upgraded and enhanced along with the addition of new features that will provide a more efficient, consumer-friendly shopping experience. § Corner Bakery Shoppe  featuring upscale desserts, hearth oven baked bread, and whipped cream desserts.

§ Butcher Shoppe and self-service meat  offering Certified Angus Beef, Amish Select Chicken and Value Added ready to cook products.

§ Market Square Deli and Deli Express  made to order sandwiches, grilled veggie bar, grain bar and chicken wing bar. Deli Express is where customers can place their order electronically at the deli, continue their shopping and then pick up their order before heading to the checkout.


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§ Diabetics Center  located in the Pharmacy, features a variety of products targeted to the diabetic community. § Seafood Market  featuring State Fish Seafood, a locally owned seafood company. § The Florist  full service florist with a rose case featuring a full variety of roses everyday.

New Customer Service Area The enhanced Customer Service Area is designed to meet customer needs and offers many services and conveniences, including: § Check Cashing § Western Union transactions § Film Developing § Money Orders § Postage Stamps § ATM § Lottery Tickets § Bill Payments

Norwalk will be open Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and open weekly twenty-four hours beginning each Monday 7:00 a.m. until Saturday 11:00 p.m. The store also includes a Charter One Bank, and Easy Scan self-scanning checkouts.

Our newest Tops not only offers our customers an expanded selection of items in virtually every department, but does so in an inviting atmosphere that provides convenience for busy families, great value and friendly service, Gonzalez, store manager, continued.

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Tops celebrated the opening of its new store by providing $1,000 donations to each of the following Norwalk organizations in a special get together on October 5th: Ø Christie Lane School Ø Firelands (Norwalk) Historical Society Ø Fisher-Titus Medical Society Ø North Central EMS Ø Norwalk Fire Department Ø Norwalk Parks and Recreation Ø Norwalk Police Department Ø Norwalk Public Library Ø Norwalk Area United Fund Ø Salvation Army Soup Kitchen Tops Markets, LLC is one of six retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Tops currently operates 162 Tops Markets and 204 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners, in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast New York. Tops website can be found at - end -


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