News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 October 14, 2005
CONTACT: Denny Hopkins
717-240-1566

   
TOPS MARKETS AND MARTIN'S SUPER FOOD STORE CUSTOMERS RAISE OVER $269,000 FOR VICTIMS OF KATRINA
All Funds Will be Donated to the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest

Buffalo, NY - Tops Markets and Martin's Super Food Stores today announced that they have collected $269,429 from customers and associates to fund the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts of the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network.

The $269,429 raised is part of nearly $3 million contributed by the Ahold family of companies and its customers. In September, Royal Ahold's head office in the Netherlands announced a $1 million corporate donation from Ahold and its affiliates including Stop & Shop, Giant Foods, Giant Food Stores, Peapod and U.S. Foodservice.

"I want to thank our entire team of associates and the generosity of our customers to assist fellow Americans during this horrific tragedy," said Max T. Henderson, executive vice president and general manager, Tops Markets. "Im proud that our stores and communities were able to pull together and serve as a collection point for those in need along the Gulf Coast."

Prominently displayed signs throughout all Tops and Martin's stores have asked customers to donate funds for the Katrina relief effort since early September. Tops and Martin's also have collected funds for Katrina victims at their main offices and distribution centers.

In the days and weeks following Hurricane Katrina, Tops and Martin's also donated food and supplies to the devastated Gulf Coast. Donations ranged from trailer loads of over $30,000 worth of merchandise the week after the hurricane struck to several thousand dollars in food and water to the Salvation Army for their emergency services mobile canteen dispatched from Buffalo to the Gulf Coast to provide hot meals for victims in the affected areas.

Both Tops and Martin's are known for their charitable assistance. The two supermarket chains have raised millions of dollars each year fighting hunger, childhood diseases and supporting the communities they serve.

Tops Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY is one of four retail operating companies under Ahold USA and is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. Tops currently operates 146 Tops Markets, 4 Martin' Super Food Stores. With nearly 18,000 associates, Tops serves a three state market area. For more information about Tops Markets or Martin' Super Food Store, visit the companies' websites at www.topsmarkets.com or www.martinsuperfood.com.

 

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