News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 February 28, 2011
CONTACT: Katie McKenna
kmckenna@topsmarkets.com

   
TOPS MARKETS, LOCAL COMMUNITY CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF CHEEKTOWAGA STORE
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. –Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, announced today the official grand-opening of the company’s newest store, located at 3870 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, NY. The Cheektowaga location is Tops’ first brand new western New York store since 2003.

Officially opening for business on Tuesday, March 1, the Cheektowaga location is part of Tops’ multi-million dollar capital improvement plan. The new Tops location reuses existing space and is located at the site of a former Jubilee Foods store. The renovation and remodel of the site totaled $3 million.

On Monday, February 28, in a preview celebration of the store opening, Tops executives, local dignitaries, community organizations and store associates gathered for the stores’ official ribbon cutting and dedication. During the ceremony, donations were made on behalf of Tops to various local charities through the company’s “Living Here. Giving Here” community partnership program. The Sister’s Hospital Fund/St. Joseph Fund, Kensington-Harlem Business Association, Harlem Road Community Center, Cleveland Hill Fire Department and Cheektowaga Police Department each received $500 from the new Cheektowaga location as a commitment from the store to the community it serves.

“When the opportunity to operate this store became an option for us, it was a simple decision,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. “As a locally operated organization we’re able to understand the needs of the western New York and community, and the addition of this location provides shoppers with the added convenience of a supermarket in their neighborhood.”

Renovation of the site began in October of 2010. Now complete, the store is 27,000 square feet and proudly offers a full service deli, bakery, floral and seafood department, a meat department, where meat is cut fresh daily, a produce department, dairy and frozen foods department, a natural and organic department, and a Tops’ Carry Out Café where customers can find delicious prepared foods. The store has four check-out stations, four self check-out stations, a bottle redemption area, and a customer service center for shoppers' convenience.

Store manager, Sam Qureshi commented on the appreciation from the community of the new store since its opening was announced in fall 2010, “Since the announcement was made that Tops would be opening a new Cheektowaga location, the community has celebrated with anticipation of the store’s opening,” he said. “I am confident that shoppers will love their new Tops Markets.”

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 133 full-service supermarkets – 128 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 13,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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