News Release
 October 9, 2002
CONTACT: Stephanie Zakowicz
(716) 635-5885

Williamsville, NY … Tops Friendly Markets announced several management appointments for its new store in Ravenna, OH. The store, located at 832 West Main Street, will open for business October 23rd, at 9:00 a.m.

Jerry Heijnen has been named Store Manager. A Tops associate for the past 10 years, Heijnen has most recently served as Store Manager at the Tops on South Avenue in Tallmadge. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance and International Business from the University of Akron.

Heijnen and his wife are proud parents of six-month-old triplets, and reside in Akron. He participates in many community activities, and locally, is involved with the Ravenna Chamber of Commerce and the Balloon-A-Fair.

Along with Heijnen, the management team will include:

Rob Rynes, Perishable Operations Manager. Rynes, a 21-year grocery veteran, joined the Tops family as a new associate in July. A resident of Brook Park, Rynes holds a degree in Marketing and Management. He is active in both men's softball and mixed bowling leagues. Timm DeAlexandro, Non Perishable Operations Manager. DeAlexandro has been a Tops associate for the past 10 years. He was most recently assigned to the Tops in Sheffield. DeAlexandro, a U.S. Army veteran, served in Desert Storm. He currently resides in Akron, where he coaches soccer. Locally, he is involved with the Ravenna Chamber of Commerce. Heijnen also announced the appointment of the following mangers and department heads:

Mike Cook, Night Lead Diana Cowen, Captains Choice Manager Greg Darrough, Meat Manager Bob Gaves, Pharmacy Manager Mark Haydoo, Receiver Tracy Holderbaum, Lead Customer Service Person Andy McGaffick, Assistant Manager Shari McMillion, General Merchandise Manager Chris McPike, Assistant Grocery Manager Kimberly Newkirk, Floral Manager Dianna Prince, Service Manager Roy Rosario, Dairy Manager Jennifer Rymer, Bakery Sales Manager Mark Spence, Bakery Manager Sharon Stacy, Deli Manager Jodie Strausser, Office Manager Alisa Stewart, Lead Scan Coordinator Mike Villanova, Produce Manager 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


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