Tops Markets Invests $40 Million into New York Area Stores
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - Tops Markets might still be in the early (very early!) stages of its $40 million capital improvement project, but I don’t doubt many of us in the industry will be asking “Who is she?” by the time the grocer debuts its new store look in its home state. I’m serious! With major floor-to-ceiling interior renovations that will include expanded space for produce, updated exterior facades, and even modifications to its landscaping and parking lots, Tops Markets is going the extra mile to finesse on its competition.
“Throughout our stores, shoppers will see expanded refrigerated produce allowing for more variety and convenience, new offerings including an in-store cut fruit and vegetable program, and an increase of antibiotic-free meat and seafood selections,” said John Persons, President and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re also looking to bring a new coffee shop and comfortable sit-down area to a few of our locations which is an exciting addition for our shoppers.”
The remodel will particularly emphasize Tops’ fresh departments. According to a press release, stores will be remodeled to provide customers with a warm, inviting atmosphere that highlights the fresh departments. This will include expanding the produce, bakery, and deli/carry out café departments and bolstering its product selection with more natural, organic, and gluten-free offerings. In addition, new flooring, energy efficient equipment, cart corrals, shopping carts, and new interior décor will refresh Tops’ floor layout with vibrancy.
The $40 million investment will also cover the cost of new convenient services, like online in-store pick up.
“By the end of May 2019, Tops will have twenty stores that will offer grocery pickup service to its customers with expansion into our other major markets on the horizon,” continued Persons. “When we create an even more exceptional shopping experience and help make grocery shopping simple, friendly and easy, our shoppers benefit at the end of the day.”
The first phase of renovations is already underway at the following Tops locations, all of which will stay open during their respective renovation projects so as not to inconvenience shoppers:
- 1600 Cedar Street, Elmira, NY - This location also includes a new fuel site. Re-grand Opening 5/8/19 11:00 am
- 156 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY
- 700 Thruway Plaza, Cheektowaga, NY – Re-Grand Opening – 6/4/19 2:00 pm
- 12775 Broadway, Alden, NY – Re-Grand Opening – 6/25/19 – 11:00 am
- 128 W. Main Street, Leroy, NY- Re-Grand Opening – 7/16/19 – 11:00 am
- 1740 Sheridan Drive, Buffalo, NY
But these won’t be the last store renovations, as Tops is also pursuing more locations in phase two of the program. These stores will be named at a later date.