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 May 3, 2017
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TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS AND CARMEL COMMUNITY CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF US RT 6 STORE
$2.6 Million in Upgrades Will Greet Area Shoppers

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. –Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts, celebrated $2.6 million in store renovations with a Grand Opening today of its store at 1936 US RT 6 in Carmel, NY.

“Since becoming a part of the Carmel community in August 2016, the store, the associates, and the surrounding neighborhoods have quickly become a part of our Tops family, and we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to not only be a part of, but more importantly, give back to these communities we serve,” said Frank Curci, Tops Markets’ chairman and CEO.

As part of the store’s $2.6 million dollar renovation project, shoppers will notice interior and exterior upgrades which not only significantly enhance the aesthetic appearance of the store, but will also provide Tops the opportunity to offer its customers a wider selection of products, more savings, and more convenience.

New paint gives the store’s exterior a fresh appearance. Also adding to the shopping experience in the store’s interior will be increased refrigeration and display cases with expanded offerings, new décor, tiling, additional seating in the renovated café area, and new U-scans and additional checkouts. Shoppers will also enjoy a new olive and soup bar as well as a home meal replacement island, providing access to a wide variety of quick meal options for their families right at their fingertips.

Tops will continue to offer consumers the variety of choices they are accustomed to as well as expanded varieties of Ace Bakery artisan breads, all which are non-GMO project verified, with organic options, and fresh baked products including rolls, breads, fresh made donuts, pastries, and a new expanded variety of cakes and dessert offerings. Tops will also offer over 1,800 gluten free items including Bob's Red Mill brand gluten free baking mixes, Cucina Amore Pasta Sauce, The Goody Girl Gluten Free Cookie line and an expanded gluten free offering with Vin Chet's.

“Upon coming into the market, we listened to and adjusted to our customer’s needs. We are pleased to be able to offer a wide array of over 3,000 organic items store wide as well as bring in new offerings from companies like Earthbound Farms, Cal Organic and Lady Moon” said Jeff Cady director of produce/floral for Tops Friendly Markets. “We are also providing an enhanced variety of convenience items including fresh cut fruits, vegetables and Fresh Express Salads.”

Additionally Tops prides itself in working with local growers and has maintained many of the relationships that existed prior to the store’s acquisition while also aligning with new growers in the area.

Shoppers will also be able to take advantage of Tops’ other fresh departments, where certified butchers cut and hand-pack 100% USDA Choice beef locally raised from traditional small family farmers. The wide selection and fine cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and exotic meats include options that are free from hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-products and include brands such as Spring Crossing, Prairie Grove, Murray’s, Open Prairie, and Bartel’s.

Tops opened five stores in New York (Rhinebeck, New Paltz, Wappingers Falls, LaGrangeville, and Carmel) and one in Gardner, Massachusetts in late August 2016. Four of these stores were previously Stop & Shop stores and two, Hannaford stores.

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Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 172 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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