News Release
 October 30, 2012
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

$1.6M project serves critical need of community, adds 120 local jobs

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, today opened the Valley Plaza Tops Friendly Markets located at 4141 South Salina Street in Syracuse, NY.

The addition of the Syracuse location is part of Tops’ multi-million dollar capital improvement plan. The new Tops location, on the site of a former P&C Foods store will serve a community that has been absent of a grocer for three years.

“We recognized Valley Plaza as a community in great need of a grocer, and our mission is to serve those areas where the need is the greatest,” said Frank Curci, Tops president and CEO. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support since announcing our plans to operate. We are confident that the store will be well received and provide the Valley Plaza community with an exceptional one-stop shopping experience.”

“Since taking office, providing our South Side and Valley residents with fresh produce and good food has been a top priority and the way to do that is with a full service grocery store,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for the community and it would not have been possible without the hard work of Tops Friendly Markets and neighborhood advocates. I look forward to joining our city residents in shopping at the new Valley Plaza Tops.”

Construction on the site began this past summer in July. Now completed, the 36,400 square foot store proudly offers customers exterior improvements and interior amenities. Parking lot sealing and restriping and new store front and plaza signage greet customers entering the plaza. In the interior, the store boasts a full service deli, bakery and seafood department, a meat department, in which meat is cut fresh daily, a produce department, a bulk department, an ethnic foods department, a dairy and frozen foods department, and a Tops’ Carry Out Café where customers can find delicious prepared foods. The store has five check-out registers, four self check-out stations, a bottle redemption area with exterior access, and a customer service center for shoppers' convenience.

“Since the day the announcement was made that Tops was coming to Valley Plaza, the community has celebrated with anticipation of the store’s opening,” said Mike Normanly, Valley Plaza store manager. “Once our hiring process began, our human resources department reviewed over 1,500 applications, and today, we are proud to provide 120 jobs to the Syracuse community.”

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 153 full-service supermarkets – 148 company-owned and five franchise locations under the Tops, Grand Union and Bryant's banners. With more than 15,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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