News Release
 May 8, 2003
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
716 635 5885

Williamsville, NY… On Friday, May 9th, the newest Tops Xpress convenience store and fueling facility will open for business in Elmira. The store is located at 299 South Main Street, in front of the existing Tops Friendly Market location, which will run the new store as well. Tops now operates 11 on-site fueling facilities at its supermarket locations.

The fueling facility consists of four, double-sided, self-service fuel dispensers, offering three grades of high-quality gasoline: regular, mid-grade and premium. Customers will have their choice of three convenient ways to purchase fuel - they can pay at the pump using a major credit card or pay inside the store. They will also have the option of pre-paying for their gasoline while shopping at the neighboring Tops. Gasoline coupons in $5, $10, $15 and $20 denominations are available for purchase at the Tops checkout. The coupons can then be redeemed at the Tops Xpress location to make a gasoline purchase.

The 1071 sq. foot Tops Xpress store will provide high-demand convenience items for busy customers on the go including:  Ice cold beverages  Freshly brewed Ja-Va-Na gourmet coffee and cappuccino  Snacks, candy, cigarettes, bread and milk  New York State Lottery, postage stamps  Automotive needs Store hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

To celebrate the grand opening, the Elmira Tops Xpress will conduct sales and special promotions, including the Tops Frequent Fueler Card, which enables customers to collect a sticker with every purchase of 8 gallons or more. Collecting four stickers entitles customers to a free or half-off grocery item, including pizza, milk, subs or pop. Complete cards may be redeemed for 5% off a future shopping trip at Tops.

The Elmira location is the 14th to bear the Tops Xpress name. Tops operates three other on-site Tops Xpress locations and 10 free-standing sites. An additional location in Ithaca is scheduled to open later this month.

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 8 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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