News Release
 April 2, 2003
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
716 635 5885

Williamsville, NY… Tops Friendly Markets announced today that Sal Albanese has been named Store Manager for the new Tops located in University Plaza, 2203 Warrensville Center Road in University Heights, OH. The store is scheduled to open on April 2nd.

Albanese, a Tops associate since 1969, most recently served as Store Manager at the Chagrin Blvd. Tops in Beachwood. He is a graduate of Lakeland Community College, where he earned a business degree. Albanese resides in Mentor. He is active in the community and is currently involved with the Girl Scouts.

Along with Albanese, the University Heights management team will include:  Cheri Butkovic, Perishable Operations Manager - Butkovic, a Tops associate since 1974, joins the University Heights store after serving at the Tops on Rockside Road in Bedford. She is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, where she earned a degree in Business Management. A resident of Maple Heights, Butkovic is involved with Blue Bow Charities and Snug Hugs for Kids.

 Ken McGowan, Non-Perishable Operations Manager – McGowan, a Garfield Heights resident and graduate of Nordonia High School, has been a part of the Tops family for 24 years. He was most recently assigned to the Tops on Aurora Road in Solon, and has worked at several Tops locations throughout northeast Ohio.

 Tammy Crego, Service Operations Manager – Crego has been a Tops associate since 1986. She most recently served as the Service Operations Manager for the Vine Street Tops in Eastlake. She resides in Mentor and is a graduate of Mentor High School

Albanese also announced the appointment of the following managers and department heads, many of which reside in University Heights and neighboring communities:

 Frank Charvat, Night Crew Manager  Doug Didio, Bakery Manager  Kevin Gembarski, Lead Scan Coordinator  Rita Harris, Office Manager  Alan Jaffe, Pharmacy Manager  Nancy Jaffe, General Merchandise Manager  Mark Manis Meat Manager  Sam Marconi Dairy Manager  Bill Pozun Grocery Manager  Vicky Savarino Prepared Foods Manager  Dawn Scapelli Bakery Sales Manager  Darrel Taucher Receiver  Jerry Thompson Customer Service Manager  Ed Zobec Produce Manager

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 159 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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