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DATE:
 October 19, 2006
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski
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TOPS MARKETS COMPLETES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR REMODEL AT ELMWOOD AVENUE STORE
Store renovation is part of multi-year WNY reinvestment campaign

Buffalo, NY - TOPS Markets today announced the completion of another one of the company's Buffalo Niagara store remodels, its Buffalo location at 2101 Elmwood Avenue. During the remodeling process, the Elmwood Avenue TOPS was significantly refurbished from the upgrade of current amenities to the addition of new features and departments.

"Our goal was to provide our customers with as little inconvenience as possible during the renovation process," said Andy Williams, store manager. "These upgrades to various departments and the overall store remodel have allowed us to offer our customers an expanded selection of items, including an increased focus on natural and organic products."

In addition to an entirely new decor package, Elmwood Avenue customers will find updated bakery, meat, seafood, deli, floral and bulk food departments. The Relax, Revive, Renew Department, which offers the effect of shopping in a specialty store for all of a customers' health and beauty needs, received an upgraded look and feel. 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. Along with health and wellness, the remodeled store features state-of-the-art technology to provide customers with a more convenient shopping experience. In addition to friendly associates, customers will find the two newly installed EasyScan checkout stations, bringing the total store number to six stations for customers to scan, bag, pay and be on their way. Also a new addition, 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, multi-year capital reinvestment campaign at the company's stores throughout the Buffalo Niagara region. Elmwood Avenue and seven additional stores have completed renovations, including Cheektowaga, Depew, East Aurora, Lockport, Medina, Niagara Falls, and West Seneca. Remodels at additional locations will be completed over the next several months.

"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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