News Release
 October 26, 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 been an advocate of supporting formal education of its employees for over two decades. Since the inception of its two scholarship programs, which are in conjunction with the UFCW, over 21,500 scholarships have been awarded and over $20,800,000 has been provided to TOPS associates for scholarship reimbursement. “At TOPS, we recognize the hard work of our associates and in turn, supports our associates with scholarship opportunities,” said Denise Terrell, human resources coordinator for TOPS. “Supporting education is a high priority for us, not only as a means to provide career growth and opportunity within the company, but also to ensure that members of our community are given options and presented with resources to succeed. Providing scholarships to outstanding students to enable them to better their education is our way of investing in the future.” TOPS continues to invest in the future by expanding its scholarship program further to now include a new opportunity at Niagara University. TOPS associates, dependents, or grandchildren pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the Food & Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing program are now eligible to apply for scholarship reimbursement through TOPS. Rhiannon Rodunardt, a cashier for TOPS at its Randolph store is this year’s proud recipient. -more- “To receive support from Tops Markets for my education was a great honor,” said Rhiannon. “I am very pleased to represent and support Tops Markets through my education itself. Being accepted for this scholarship meant all of what I have worked for, been involved in, along with strategically picking a workplace during high school pays off in the future. By getting involved with Tops in my early years allowed for me to have knowledge of this scholarship which I was very grateful to participate in and luckily was chosen.” # # #

About TOPS Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 171 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

About the Food Marketing Program at Niagara University Niagara University, with guidance from regional food industry leaders, has established a Food Marketing Center of Excellence within the university’s College of Business Administration. The center will work with industry leaders to create, build, and inspire transformative programs and partnerships within the Western New York community. In addition, the center will enhance the university’s recent creation of a new undergraduate degree in marketing with a concentration in food and consumer packaged goods.


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