News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 March 12, 2003
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
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TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS OPENS STORE IN ALBION, NY
Williamsville, NY … Tops Friendly Markets opened the doors of a brand new 47,000 square foot store at 9:00 a.m. today. The store, which is located at 408 West Avenue in Albion, NY, will be open from 6:00 a.m. to Midnight, seven days a week.

The new Albion Tops features such conveniences as an in-store Pharmacy, a CarryOut Café to provide convenient, one-stop shopping for today’s time-starved customers. Grocery and meat “Extra Value Zones” offer attractive prices for budget-conscious shoppers.

Upon entering the store, customers can quickly take advantage of the Wall of Values, featuring items from the current ad, followed by the freshness of Walter’s Garden produce department. The store is complete with Butcher’s Block and Captain’s Choice meat and seafood departments.

Other key departments in the Albion store include a Baker’s Oven bakery, a Petal Works fresh floral department, and a Relax, Renew, Revive health and beauty department. The store’s grocery and dairy/frozen departments boast a wide array of top national brands and high-quality private label products.

“We’re very excited to be opening this store,” said Ted Adornato, Tops’ regional vice president. “Our new friends and neighbors have given us a warm reception, and we welcome the opportunities both to meet their shopping needs as well as to become an active member of the Albion community.”

Albion Mayor Edward Salvatore, joined Adornato and store manager Ken Golding in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 this morning. The ceremony featured a performance by the Albion Central School Purple Eagles Marching Band. To show its appreciation, Tops presented the school with a $500 donation, underscoring its commitment to education.

Tops Markets, LLC is one of six retail operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Tops currently operates 158 Tops Friendly Markets, 205 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners, and 9 B-Kwik Food Markets in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. This and other recent news releases can be found on Tops’ website at www.topsmarkets.com.

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Attached: Store Fact Sheet History of Tops

Store Features and Amenities Tops Friendly Markets 408 West Avenue Albion, NY

 Pharmacy - Aside from filling prescriptions, the new pharmacy offers a consultation room, where customers can talk with a professional pharmacist, who can address various health questions or concerns. Tips for healthy living, including information about drugs, diseases and a good diet, will also be available. Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday Closed

Customers in Albion will also be able to take advantage of Tops’ Easy Fill program, which enables them to transfer prescriptions and refill orders over the phone or via the Internet.

 CarryOut Café - located adjacent to the deli, offers freshly prepared entrees, rotisserie and fried chicken, pizza, made-to-order sub sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, soup and salads. Dine-in or take-out available.

 Baker’s Oven full-service bakery – Offers a variety of fresh-baked breads, rolls, cakes, muffins, bagels, donuts and cookies.

 Specialty departments: Deli, Butcher’s Block meat, Captain’s Choice seafood, Cheese Shoppe and the Olive Grove.

 Petal Works Floral - A colorful assortment of fresh-cut and arranged of flowers available daily. Special arrangements are available through pre-orders.

 Other departments include: Walter’s Garden produce department. Bulk foods, Dairy/Frozen, and the Relax, Renew, Revive health and beauty department.

 The Albion Tops will also offer many services and conveniences, including:  Western Union Money Orders  Western Union Wire Transfers  Utility Payments  Rug Doctor Rentals  Film Processing  New York State Lottery  Payroll Check Cashing  Postage Stamps  Tops Gift Cards  Phone Cards  ATM  Bottle Returns  Tops BonusCard offers special savings, BonusCard Rewards, BONUSPERKS, and other benefits. Customers can sign up for their BonusCard when they enter the store.

 By visiting the Tops Website at www.topsmarkets.com, Internet customers can access Tops weekly ad flyer on line, look up selected data from their BonusCard accounts and take advantage of Tops “Web Bucks” savings.

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