News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 May 15, 2003
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
716 635 5885

   
TOPS XPRESS SET TO OPEN IN ITHACA
Williamsville, NY… On Friday, May 16th, the newest Tops Xpress convenience store and fueling facility will open for business in Ithaca. The store is located at 700 South Meadow Street, in front of the existing Tops International location, which will run the new store as well. Tops now operates 12 on-site fueling facilities at its supermarket locations.

The fueling facility consists of three, 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 Ithaca 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 Ithaca location is the 15th to bear the Tops Xpress name. Tops operates four other on-site Tops Xpress locations and 10 free-standing sites.

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, 204 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 www.topsmarkets.com.

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