News Release
 July 19, 2023
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 announce the promotion of Mike Patti to senior vice president, operations for Tops.

Mike has a 50-year history with Tops where he previously served as Regional Vice President for Tops’ West Region stores. During this time, Mike has held several roles including store manager from 1980 to 1993 and district manager from 1993-2010. From there Mike was promoted to regional vice president of operations first for the East regional stores for Tops (2010-2014) and then most recently for the West regional stores.

In this role, he was responsible for over-seeing five districts comprised of 68 stores which are in both New York and Pennsylvania. During his career Mike coordinated the conversion of Penn Traffic and Grand Union stores in Syracuse, the Catskills and the North Country when they were purchased by Tops in 2010. He was also responsible for opening a flagship store for Tops, Tops International, in 1991, which was under the Ahold umbrella at the time.

Among many awards and recognitions, Mike was named store manager of the year in 1986, and received the Armond Castellani award in 2006. Mike also played a vital role in coordinating the emergency response and support efforts for our Jefferson Ave. store which was the target of a racial attack that took place on 5/14/22, killing 10 and wounding three others. His leadership was paramount to the success of the store reopening just two months later.

Mike resides with his family in West Seneca, NY.

Do you have a passion for food? So do we! Join the 28th largest supermarket chain in the country and do what you love every day-all while learning new skills, honing your craft, and growing as a leader. From various positions throughout our stores to warehouse opportunities and more, we just may have the perfect match for you! To learn more about the great opportunities that await you at your neighborhood Tops visit

### 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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