News Release
 January 7, 2008
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

Williamsville, NY - Tops Markets today announced new leadership assignments for six company officials who will work to guide initiatives in Tops Markets' operations, stemming from its recent purchase by Morgan Stanley Private Equity.

The assignments include:

John Persons, Tops Markets Senior Vice President of Operations

Jack Barrett, Tops Markets Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Mike Metz, Tops Markets Vice President of Information Technology

Mike Verostko, Tops Markets Vice President of Sales Development

Tom Fitzgerald Tops Markets Vice President of Real Estate and Construction

Dave Prisaznuk, Tops Markets Controller

"This team of professionals will play a critical role in the evolution of our business," said Curci, who was named CEO on Dec. 3. "Together they offer nearly 150 years of experience working for Tops Markets and they are highly respected within our company."

The initiatives that these officials will help guide, Curci said, are centered on improving the customer experience to ensure they receive the best service and selection from their neighborhood grocer.

"This experienced group of leaders along with all of our associates will contribute to our efforts in reestablishing Tops Markets as a premier local grocer and the supermarket of choice in the regions we serve," he explained.

Persons has been with Tops Markets for more than 20 years. He provides oversight for all aspects of operations at 71 Tops Markets locations, with a focus on development of Tops" 10,000 associates, sales development, budgeting, and strategic objectives relevant to Tops" operations.

Barrett has been with Tops Markets for 39 years. He provides oversight for all human resource functions and serves as Tops Markets lead representative in all labor relations matters, including collective bargaining.

Metz has over 20 years of experience at Tops Markets. In his new role he is responsible for IT systems and support functions for Tops" corporate office and 71 stores.

Verostko has been with Tops Markets for more than 30 years. He provides oversight for the development of ad programs, public relations, community relations, food safety, customer relationship, fuel marketing and customer research.

Fitzgerald has been with Tops Markets since 1991 and has more than 25 years experience in retail property management. He is responsible for all facets of operations in land acquisition, property lease management, and physical improvements, legal, maintenance, and purchasing.

Prisaznuk has been with Tops Markets for 20 years. In his new role he provides oversight for all financial activities including control of corporate assets. In addition, he has responsibility for risk management, treasury functions, financial reporting, and payroll administration.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 71 full-service supermarkets and five franchise supermarkets. With over 10,000 associates, Tops is the leading full-service grocery retailer in Western New York, Central New York, including Rochester, and Northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's Web site at


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