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As part of its long-standing commitment to the city of Buffalo, N.Y., Tops Markets LLC has expressed interest in opening another downtown location.
"We're excited about the progress that’s happening right now in the city and very much want to continue to be a part of Buffalo's resurgence," asserted Frank Curci, Tops' chairman, president and CEO, adding that the Northeast regional grocer is currently looking at potential sites for an additional downtown store.
"There are various factors in considering a downtown grocery store, including adjacent retailers and residential population, store size and format, demand and location," explained Curci. "At the right time, in the right location Tops would absolutely consider an additional downtown location that would best serve the city's growing and diverse consumer base."
Over the past year, Tops has deepened its investment in the city with $5 million in major renovations undertaken at three Buffalo stores, resulting in more than 60 new local jobs. Tops already has seven stores in Buffalo, two of which are owned and operated by the company's franchise partners.
"Buffalo is extremely diverse, and Tops has experience catering to the unique needs and wants of our customers in neighborhoods throughout the city," said Curci. "We also run successful stores in the city of Rochester and the city of Syracuse where we have created jobs, positively impacted the local economy and given back in meaningful ways to our communities."
Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops operates 162 full-service supermarkets – 157 company-owned and five franchise locations – and employs more than 16,000 associates in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont.