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    Four Martin's Super Food Stores to Become Tops Markets

    WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Tops Markets here said yesterday that it will convert four Martin's Super Food Stores in Batavia, Derby, Dunkirk, and Perinton, N.Y. Tops Markets in late February and early March. The company will maintain staff levels at each store, and all current Martin's management personnel and associates will remain in place at the only four Martin's stores owned by Tops.

    WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Tops Markets here said yesterday that it will convert four Martin's Super Food Stores in Batavia, Derby, Dunkirk, and Perinton, N.Y. Tops Markets in late February and early March. The company will maintain staff levels at each store, and all current Martin's management personnel and associates will remain in place at the only four Martin's stores owned by Tops.

    "As a regionally focused grocer with a long history and a well established brand, it has been a part of our plan since the purchase of Tops Markets was completed to operate all of our stores under one name," said Tops c.e.o. Frank Curci. "This change will allow us to place even more focus on the customer experience."

    According to Curci, Tops senior leadership has been working with store managers and staff to ensure a smooth transition from Martin’s to Tops. The Martin's Super Food Stores banner was introduced to the western New York marketplace in 2004 by Ahold USA, the former owners of Tops Markets. Morgan Stanley Private Equity purchased Tops in December for $310 million.

    The conversions, including changes to outdoor and interior signage, as well as to register receipts and computer programs, should take about a week for Tops staff and contractors to carry out, said s.v.p. of operations John Persons.

    Customers will still be able to use their Martin's Bonuscard at these or any Tops Markets locations.

    Additional information about individual store conversions will be announced as each changeover approaches, the company said.

    Tops operates 71 full-service supermarkets and five franchise supermarkets, and employs over 10,000 associates.


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