News Release
 March 22, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. – On Friday, March 19, associates at the Tops in Sayre, PA (3014 Elmira St.) celebrated a milestone by opening their time capsule. Store manager, Rick Emerson was proud to stand alongside his fellow team members as they opened the time capsule reminiscing as they saw all of the treasures that it held. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the store had an internal socially distant celebration with the store team.

“Tops Markets is proud to have served our customers from the 'Valley' for the past 25 years and is looking forward for the next 25 years,” said Emerson. “March 19th, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of Tops Markets' grand opening here in Sayre, PA, and it was very exciting to see the items our original team placed inside the time capsule from 1996 on this very day. It was interesting to compare the prices of 1996 to today's prices and look at the pictures of the store manager and the department managers who opened the store. Our current dairy/frozen manager was part of the grand opening team in 1996 and was excited to be here for today’s event.”

The team discovered well preserved documents including:

• a newspaper from the week we opened • a Tops mug • a picture of the original team • our opening ad • a store directory • a video of our television ad from that time on VHS • a chamber report • lyrics to a song about the store opening (sung to the tune of the YMCA) and • a picture of the store manager


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 15,000 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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