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DATE:
 August 21, 2006
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski
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TOPS MARKETS COMPLETES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR REMODEL AT NIAGARA FALLS STORE
TOPS MARKETS COMPLETES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR REMODEL AT NIAGARA FALLS STORE

Store is one of 11locations to complete renovations by end of 2006

Niagara Falls, NY - TOPS Markets today announced the completion of its first six Buffalo Niagara store remodels, including its Niagara Falls location at 7200 Niagara Falls Boulevard. During the remodeling process, the Niagara Falls TOPS was significantly refurbished from the upgrade of current amenities to the addition of new features and departments.

"Our goal was to provide as little inconvenience as possible throughout the renovation process and we'd like to thank our customers for continuing to shop amongst our construction," said Jim Gibson, store manager. "With this remodel, not only were we able to give the store an overall facelift, but it also allows us to offer our customers an expanded selection of items that provide great value and convenience for busy families."

In addition to an entirely new décor package, customers will find updated bakery, meat, seafood, deli, floral and Relax Renew Revive departments. New departments to the store include Nature's Promise Marketplace, a "health food store within the store," offering an expanded variety of natural and organic products, including TOPS' own brand, Nature's Promise, and organic selections of produce, dairy, meat and poultry products. Customers will also find a special wall dedicated to big pack items such as diapers, paper towels and cleaning supplies and the addition of a new grain bar and salad bar to the Carry Out Café. Along with health and wellness, the remodeled store features state-of-the-art technology to provide customers with a more convenient shopping experience. EasyWeigh allows customers to weigh produce, bulk foods and other random weight items. After placing the item in a bag and placing it on the scale, the customer enters a PLU (price look-up) number on the touch-screen, which then prints the barcode label that is used for checkout.

In April, TOPS officials announced a multi-million dollar capital reinvestment at 11 of the company's stores throughout the Buffalo Niagara region. Niagara Falls and five additional stores have completed renovations, including Cheektowaga, Depew, Lockport, Medina and West Seneca. Remodels at five additional locations are expected to be complete by the end of this year.

"TOPS has gone above and beyond our original $20 million commitment for 2006. We are well on track to exceed that original capital investment on the renovations of eleven of our stores by the end of this year," said Max Henderson, Jr., executive vice president and general manager. "Our customers can expect the same or more for 2007 as TOPS continues with our multi-year reinvestment campaign."

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 119 TOPS Markets and 4 Martin's Super Food Stores. With nearly 16,000 associates, TOPS serves a three state market area. For more information about TOPS Markets or Martin's Super Food Stores, visit the companies' websites at www.topsmarkets.com or www.martinssuperfood.com.

 

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