News Release
 March 31, 2003
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
716 635 5885

Williamsville, NY… Tops Friendly Markets has announced that Virgil Hamm Jr. has been appointed store manager of the new Jefferson Avenue Tops. The store, located at 1275 Jefferson Ave, is scheduled to open in June.

Hamm, a Tops associate since 1987, began his career pushing carts at the old Genesee Street Tops and over the past 15 years, has gone on to hold various management positions. Among those are assignments as store manager at Tops locations in Buffalo and in Orchard Park. Most recently, he served as interim store manager of the Tops located at 1460 South Park Avenue in Buffalo while participating in a yearlong management training program.

“Tops has been good to me throughout my career,” said Hamm. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the company and the East Side community in my new role. I’m excited that the store has come to term and will be opening soon”

Hamm, a native of Buffalo, is a graduate of Bennett High School. He and his wife, Maria have a daughter, Zoe Marie.

Community involvement is important to Hamm, who has worked with the Bailey Avenue Boys Club in the past, and more recently has mentored students in business education through Junior Achievement. He also actively participates in the Walk to Cure Diabetes each year and makes a point to support store-sponsored charitable events.

He points out that he already has a strong connection to the store’s neighborhood. He has family members that live in the immediate area, and his uncle has owned and operated a business in the East Side community for the past 34 years.

In the coming months, Hamm plans to build his store management team and to begin hiring associates from surrounding neighborhoods to staff the store.

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



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