News Release
 June 5, 2023
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets today announced a significant capital investment of over $6 million into five Pennsylvania stores, representing more than 225,000 square feet of store space serving customers at locations in Erie, Waterford, Union City and Meadville, Pennsylvania. The large-scale renovation efforts will refresh the store experience and create expanded space for additional fresh food and produce options across the store locations.

Among the substantial enhancements to be made, a new fuel station will be built at the Tops location at 712 West 38th Street in Erie, and new beer and wine options will be added to the store at 1702 East 38th Street in Erie.

“These significant investments are already underway at several locations and will elevate the customer experience and provide expanded access to fresh foods at our local stores. We’re excited to officially re-open three store locations soon and also finish off the additional renovation work,” said Ron Ferri, Executive Vice President of Operations and Distribution for Tops Markets. “At Tops, we constantly evaluate the best ways to serve our local customers and reinvest into our communities. These latest enhancements will help make life a little easier for shoppers by focusing on affordable, easy-to-prepare meal options and a wider selection of products.”

With major renovations and reinvestment committed to several local Tops stores, the company has elected to close its location at 1520 West 26th Street when the store’s lease expires this summer. This store and fuel station will cease operations at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 23.

“Closing a store is always a difficult decision,” Ferri said. “The expiration of the lease combined with the proximity of other Tops locations as well as the new amenities we’ll now be able to add at those locations all factored into the decision. We are offering all affected associates positions at nearby stores.”

At the five locations where renovations are underway, the stores will be refreshed from top to bottom with new exterior paint, an enhanced facade and refreshed landscaping. New décor, energy-efficient lighting and state-of-the-art self-checkouts will greet shoppers inside. Expanded fresh-food areas will provide more produce options, including local and organic selections. The bakeries will offer a larger selection of custom cakes and pastries while the deli and carry-out café areas will provide more on-the-go items and affordable restaurant-style options.

Renovations at the two Erie locations along with the store at 230 S. High Street in Waterford are scheduled to be completed in the coming weeks, with re-opening set for Sunday, June 25, 2023. The Union City and Meadville locations will see renovations conclude in late summer or early fall.


About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 149 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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