News Release
 July 23, 2003
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
716 635 5885

Williamsville, NY… Tops Friendly Markets has announced several management appointments for its new store on Buffalo’s East Side. The store, located at 1275 Jefferson Avenue, opened for business today.

In March, Tops appointed Virgil Hamm, Jr., a 15-year Tops associate, as store manager. Along with Hamm, the Jefferson Avenue management team will include:

 Mike Nugent, Perishable Operations Manager - Nugent, a Tops associate since 1992, was most recently assigned to the Tops on Grant Street. He was also previously was part of management team at the Elmwood Avenue store. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Erie Community College.

 Melvin Lloyd, Non-Perishable Operations Manager – Lloyd most recently served as non-perishable operations manager at the University Plaza Tops, where he also previously held a position as service operations manager. A resident of Buffalo, Lloyd holds a degree in Business Management from Buffalo State College. He has been a Tops associate for more than 3 years.

 Tara Cooper, Service Operations Manager – A 7-year Tops associate, Cooper is being reassigned from the Tops International in West Seneca. A Lackawanna resident, Cooper is active in the Second Baptist Church, and is a member of the Nurses Guild. She holds a Business degree from Hilbert College.

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In addition to hiring 110 new associates, most of who live in the neighborhood surrounding the store, Hamm announced the appointment of the following managers and department heads:

 Jill Bruno, Office Manager  Ken Fields, Meat Manager  Leonard Gregoretti, Grocery Manager  Dave Helminiak, Receiver  Debbie Lombardo, Customer Service Manager  Mary Jane Martinez, General Merchandise Manager  Chris Mazar, Pharmacy Manager  John Mullen, Prepare Foods Manager  Chris Proctor, Produce Manager  Tony Venturoli, Dairy-Frozen Manager  Brenda Weaver, Bakery Manager  Barb Wendtz, Scan Coordinator

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 160 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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