News Release
 July 31, 2013
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, today announced that 13 trailblazing women within its organization have been honored by Progressive Grocer Magazine as “Top Women in Grocery.” Since 2007, the annual award has recognized the exceptional accomplishments, range of talent and integral role women play across all areas of the retail food industry.

In the June 2013 edition of Progressive Grocer, Top Women in Grocery award recipients were recognized in three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. Two of Tops’ senior-level executives, five store managers and six rising stars have been honored for their accomplishments over the last year including implementation of innovative company initiatives and undertaking ambitious projects that have driven the success of the organization.

“Each of the women being honored is vital to the success of our company,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. “We are honored to recognize them not only as ‘top women in grocery’ but as top leaders in our organization whose hard work, dedication and leadership has grown Tops Markets to its highest level of success.”

The 2013 Tops Markets “Top Women in Grocery” award recipients include:

Senior-Level Executives-

Diane Colgan, Tops V.P. Sales and Marketing

Cathy Shifflett, Tops V.P. Center Store Sales and Marketing

Store Managers-

Patty Bianco, Tops Store Manager, Grand Island, NY

Laura Charron, Tops Store Manager, Rochester, NY

Melissa Dillon, Tops Store Manager, Henrietta, NY

Lori Farmer, Tops Store Manager, Lockport, NY

Kristin Goetz, Tops Store Manager, Amherst, NY

Rising Stars-

Charlene Craven, Tops District Manager

Susan Durfee, Tops Director of Bakery

Carol Gilgunn, Tops Health and Beauty Care Category Manager

Katie McKenna, Tops Public Relations/Communications Manager

Janet Perc, Tops Director of Customer Service

Kristine Wydro, Tops Director of Human Resources

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets – 154 company-owned and five franchise locations. 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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