News Release
 February 22, 2022
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 celebrate Supermarket Employee Appreciation Day. This annual event is celebrated on the 22nd of every February to not only highlight the remarkable achievements of our associates, but also the longevity and impact grocery workers make on employment.

While the job market struggled to regain footing after the pandemic, the supermarket industry had a steady flow of opportunity for individuals of all ages to begin a career in the industry as supermarkets and the supply chain industry remained constant. Those working in the supermarket industry were true heroes during the height of the pandemic and continue to enrich families with the nourishment they need to take care of their families.

“Day after day our associates are keeping our communities thriving. They are on the frontlines ensuring that we not only meet but exceed our customer’s needs no matter what challenges arise,” said Ron Ferri, executive vice president of operations for Tops Friendly Markets. “We couldn’t be more impressed by how the Tops team rallies when faced with a challenge-be it a winter storm or an international pandemic.”

And as Tops also celebrates its 60th anniversary in the communities we serve in 2022 we’re proud to honor those who have been with us for decades. In 2022, we will recognize a total of 311 associates reaching 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 year anniversaries and 139 retirees. There is nothing that quite says dedication more then a room full of associates who have called Tops their family for over a quarter a century. ###

About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit


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