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    Tops to Open First New Store Since Going Local

    Tops Markets, LLC plans to open its first new store since it reverted to being to a locally operated company.

    Tops Markets, LLC plans to open its first new store since it reverted to being to a locally operated company. The location, which will replace a former IGA store at 27 Slayton Avenue in Spencerport, N.Y. is part of the grocer’s $150 million capital investment plan.

    Construction is slated to begin in March 2010 and last until the summer of that year. Tops said it would create up to 100 new positions to run the full-service grocery store.

    “With our capital improvement plan in place, it is first on our list of priorities is to invest in those communities where we have built lasting relationships and a strong customer base, and Monroe County and the greater Rochester area certainly fits that description,” noted Tops president and CEO Frank Curci. “The village of Spencerport has been without a grocery store for five years, and village officials and residents have graciously opened their arms and welcomed us into their community. I have no doubt that Tops is the right fit, and that we’ll live up to our promise to provide our new neighbors with the widest variety of products at a great value, within a one-stop shopping experience.”

    The new store helps fulfill Tops’ pledge to keep the company locally operated. Since the sale of the grocer to Morgan Stanley Private Equity in December 2007, Curci and his management team have transitioned its operations back to its upstate New York home region, created 140 new jobs in the area, and worked extensively with businesses and vendors within Tops-served communities.

    “Our partnerships with local vendors have been very rewarding, and have allowed us to pump millions in new money into the local economy over the past two years,” said Curci. “The Rochester area is very important to Tops, and is our priority to ensure that local dollars are kept in the area.”

    According to Curci, the Spencerport store will carry many locally made products as a result of new partnerships with area food vendors, among them Tim Hortons coffee and bakery products, and Anchor Bar’s chicken wings made fresh inside Tops stores.

    The renovated will offer a full-service deli, bakery, floral and seafood departments, a meat department where meat is cut fresh daily, a large produce department, dairy and frozen foods sections, a natural and organic section, and a Tops’ Carry Out Café featuring prepared foods. Also planned are six self-checkouts, a bottle redemption site, a customer service center, and one of the area’s first Tops gas stations, where customers will be able to take advantage of the grocer’s Gas BonusPoints program. The company additionally plans to make the store as modern and energy-efficient as possible through cutting-edge energy management systems.

    Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops operates 76 full-service supermarkets — 71 company-owned and five franchise locations in western New York; central New York, including Rochester; and Northwestern Pennsylvania — and employs over 10,000 associates.

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