News Release
 September 8, 2020
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, is pleased to announce that nine of its female associates are being recognized as nominees for Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer. In total Progressive Grocer will induct 350 women into this year’s class during its virtual celebration in November.

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 are recognized in one of the following categories: • Retail Trailblazer • CPG Trailblazer • Senior-Level Executives • Rising Stars • Store Manager The following Tops associates are being recognized as a nominee for: Mary Griffith - Store Manager - Store Manager, Carmel, NY Tops Kerry Beitz - Rising Star - Fresh Item Management Specialist Courtney Jones - Rising Star -Regional Pharmacy Manager Denise Rachow - Rising Star -Manager, Human Resources & Compliance Deanna Wasikowski - Rising Star - Manager, Transportation Laura Galligan - Rising Star - Print Media & Sales Development Specialist Emily Trostle - Rising Star - Controller, Financial Accounting a director of Treasury Andrea Knab - Rising Star - Manager, Front End Account Beth Stair - Rising Star - Director, Financial Accounting

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

The Top Women in Grocery Leadership Program and Virtual Awards Celebration will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2020. 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 157 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 14,500 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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