News Release
 May 24, 2017
CONTACT: Kathy Romanowski

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts, has expanded the number of stores in which shoppers can purchase beer and wine to now include its Meadville, PA (144 Center Street) location. Recently Tops received a Wine Expanded Permit (WEP) to distribute both wine and beer at this location allowing shoppers to purchase up to three liters (or approximately four bottles of wine) and 192 ounces of beer per transaction all while doing their weekly grocery shopping.

Initially customers will be pleased to find over 300 sku’s of wine, 150 of which are local wines, and over 280 varieties of beer on the shelves with that number expanding to close to 1,000 beers. Both beer and wine are available for purchase during normal store hours.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our shoppers the added convenience and value of purchasing their wine and beer while shopping with us,” said Kristen Hanson, vice president of center store sales and merchandising. “If it is wine that they are seeking, customers are able to select from a wide variety of sizes from single bottles and multi packs to even a limited release 750 ml. bottle. If beer is more to their liking we offer everything from Lagers and Ales to the hoppiest IPA's and all the brands you love.”

Tops is offering local wines as well as domestic and imported wines including Apothic Red, Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling, Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, and for those special occasions, even Dom Perignon Champagne, to name a few.

The ability to sell wine in Pennsylvania has been highly desired and was made possible under the Pennsylvania Modernization Act, which was signed in June 2016. Prior to this development, Tops was only able to sell wine in three of its Vermont stores. The program was initially piloted at the Warren and Erie, PA Tops locations last fall before expanding to the Meadville store.

# # # 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


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