News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 October 3, 2002
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
(716) 635 - 5885

   
TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS OPENS MILESTONE STORE IN ROME, NY
Location is 100th Tops in New York State

Williamsville, NY … Tops Friendly Markets opened the doors of a brand new 49,000 square foot store at 9:00 a.m. today. The store, which is located in Freedom Plaza, 217 Erie Boulevard West in Rome, NY, will be open from 6:00 A.M. to midnight, seven days a week.

The new store is the 100th Tops Friendly Market in New York State. The company, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its beginning as a small family-owned store in Niagara Falls, NY in 1962, has grown to include 155 supermarkets in three states. Overall, Tops operates 376 supermarkets, neighborhood stores and convenience stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The Rome store is designed with an efficient layout to provide convenient, one-stop shopping for today’s time-starved customers, Upon entering the store, customers can quickly take advantage of Tops’ fresh produce department and the Wall of Values, featuring items from the current ad. The Rome store is complete with a CarryOut Café, offering a variety of freshly prepared entrees, including rotisserie chicken, pizza and made-to-order sandwiches.

Other key departments in the Rome store include a Captain’s Choice full-service seafood department, a Baker’s Oven in-store bakery and a Petal Works fresh floral department.

“We’re very excited about becoming a part of this community,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. “We hope that our new friends and neighbors in Rome are equally as excited to have us here.”

Rome Mayor Joseph Griffo, and Jeff Simons, Principal of Fort Stanwix Elementary School, joined Curci and store manager Scott Timian in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 this morning. The ceremony featured a performance by the 5th Grade Chorus. To show its appreciation, Tops presented the school with a $500 donation, underscoring its commitment to education.

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 155 Tops Friendly Markets, 212 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners, and 9 B-Kwik Food Markets in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. Tops’ website can be found at www.topsmarkets.com.

Store Features and Amenities Tops Friendly Markets 217 Erie Blvd. West Rome, NY

• CarryOut Café - located adjacent to the deli, offers freshly prepared entrees, rotisserie and fried chicken, pizza, made-to-order sub sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, soup and salads. Dine in or take out available.

• Baker’s Oven full-service bakery – Offers a variety of fresh-baked breads, rolls, cakes, muffins, bagels, donuts and cookies.

• Specialty departments: Deli, Butcher’s Block meat, Captain’s Choice full-service seafood department and Walter’s Garden produce department

• Petal Works Floral - A fresh, colorful assortment of fresh-cut and arranged of flowers available daily. Special arrangements are available through pre-orders.

• Other departments include: Cheese and Olive bar, Bulk foods, Dairy/Frozen, Keg Cooler.

• The Rome Tops will also offer many services and conveniences, including: • Western Union Money Orders • Western Union Wire Transfers • Utility Payments • Rug Doctor Rentals • Film Processing • New York State Lottery • Payroll Check Cashing • Postage Stamps • Tops Gift Cards • Phone Cards • ATM • Bottle Returns

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• Tops BonusCard offers special savings, BonusCard Rewards, BONUSPERKS, and other benefits. Customers can sign up for their BonusCard when they enter the store.

• By visiting the Tops Website at www.topsmarkets.com, Internet customers can access Tops weekly ad flyer on line, look up selected data from their BonusCard accounts and take advantage of Tops “Web Bucks” savings.

 

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