News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 January 8, 2015
CONTACT: Katie McKenna
kmckenna@topsmarkets.com

   
THREE CHEMUNG COUNTY TOPS STORES TO CLOSE PHARMACY DEPARTMENTS
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced today that it will close pharmacy departments in three Chemung County stores to reinvest in its stores and use the additional space to offer shoppers more product choices. This transition, effective by the end of January, is part of an agreement whereby Tops will close pharmacy departments in 27 of its 162 locations and securely transfer pharmacy scripts and inventory to five CVS/Pharmacy and 22 Rite Aid locations near each affected store. The transaction accounts for less than 20 percent of the company’s prescription volume and Tops will continue to serve customers from 52 pharmacy locations within its network of stores.

The pharmacy departments that will be closing within Tops stores in Chemung County include: Tops Markets Pharmacy, located at: 830 County Route 64, Elmira Prescriptions will be transferred to the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 2144 Grand Central Ave. in Horseheads

Tops Markets Pharmacy located at: 299 S. Main Street, Elmira Prescriptions will be transferred to the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 209 Mount Zoar Street in Elmira

Tops Markets Pharmacy located at: 1600 Cedar Street, Elmira Prescriptions will be transferred to the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 1000 Pennsylvania Ave. in Elmira

Tops and Rite Aid are working together closely to ensure the transition will be as seamless as possible for customers.

“Tops does not have a one size fits all approach to our stores, which means our neighborhood locations vary greatly by size and offering,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ chairman, president and CEO. “Space inside some of our supermarkets is at a premium and some of our locations are not filling enough prescriptions to make the most efficient use of our resources. A business decision was made to close out select pharmacy departments.”

In the available pharmacy spaces, Tops will continue expanding its offerings in health products, beauty products, fresh food, deli and other product areas. Customers will have more access to a wider selection of products, while still having a conveniently located outlet for their prescription needs.

“This transition allows us to better focus on what Tops does best: providing our customers with the widest selection of what they want most, at the price that gives them the most value,” Curci added. “Across our stores, customers tell us they love and want more options that busy, healthy families need today – like fresh produce, prepared foods, natural and organics, and other health and wellness options. We are committed to the Elmira community and this transition will allow us to reinvest back into our stores and give customers more of what they want from Tops.”

Tops will continue to serve customers from its 52 remaining pharmacy locations, and the company will include new pharmacies in selected supermarkets as part of the company’s growth and expansion.

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About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 162 full-service supermarkets – 157 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 16,000 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 www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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