News Release
 June 28, 2023
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets cut the ribbon today on three significant capital investments totaling over $5.5 million in the first phase of remodels into three of its Pennsylvania stores - two in Erie and one in Waterford, PA. The ribbon cuttings took place at the following locations:

1702 E. 38th Street, Erie, PA 712 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 230 S. High St., Waterford, PA

The second phase which encompasses two more store remodels in Union City and Meadville, PA, with investments of $1.5 million, are currently under construction and to follow shortly. These large-scale renovation efforts will refresh the store experience and create expanded space for additional fresh foods and food service options across the store locations.

Tops invites the community to visit during the Grand Re-Opening celebration week and even have the chance to win some great prizes like a year’s worth of free groceries valued at $5,000 or a year’s worth of free gas – a $2,000 value. During the ribbon cutting celebrations Tops presented community donations totaling $16,000 back to a variety of local non-profits, positively impacting local first responders, area schools, food banks, and Veteran organizations.

Among the substantial enhancements being made is a new fuel station which has been established at the Tops location at 712 West 38th Street in Erie, and new beer and wine options which have been added to the store at 1702 East 38th Street in Erie.

“These significant investments will elevate the customer experience and provide expanded access to fresh foods at our local stores. We’re excited to officially re-open these store locations and also complete the additional renovation work at two other locations in neighboring towns,” 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,” stated Chip Christiansen, Tops District Manager.

Top to bottom renovations can be seen at all locations 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.

Coming this summer Tops is excited to expand its Flashfood® program at its two Erie locations. Flashfood is an app-based marketplace that strives to eliminate food waste by connecting consumers with discounted food nearing its best-by date. Shoppers can buy items from Tops through the Flashfood app and pick them up in-store at great prices while collectively reducing food waste. This allows customers to save up to 60% off of items like produce, meat, deli, bakery, and dairy.

We know things can get hectic so Tops has made shopping even easier with Tops Grocery Pick-up (available at Tops Erie locations) and Delivery (available at all three locations). With fast, online ordering, customers can get their favorite items and the best deals in town delivered from the store to their door in as little as an hour or can simply drive up and have their groceries loaded into their vehicle in minutes. For family celebrations, holidays, and special events, shoppers can also easily order appetizers, entrees, custom trays, and desserts online for convenient pick-up in store by visiting


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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