On July 2, the North Country’s Grand Union supermarkets began operating as Tops Friendly Markets once again. This is the store in Elizabethtown, as seen in 2012 before the switch.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
Williamsville Tops Friendly Markets officials July 2 officially unveiled 12 former Grand Union stores in eastern and northern New York under the Tops banner at grand re-opening ceremonies, including the one in North Creek.
The new Tops branded stores include stores in Saratoga, Warrensburg, Warren, Franklin, Essex, Clinton and Fulton counties. Participating in same-day celebration ceremonies at these stores were senior Tops company officials, district and store managers, and local community officials and charities. Ceremonies featured the announcement of capital improvements made at each store, as well as donations made on behalf of Tops to various local charities through the company’s “Living Here. Giving Here” community partnership program.
“The entire Tops team has worked very hard to that ensure our new store customers will have a more enjoyable shopping experience as they see the many changes in the setting, amenities and an increased variety of products that our neighborhood stores will offer,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. “And we want to continue the tradition of giving back and being active members of the local community.”
Store improvements vary by individual store, Curci said, but all provide a wider variety and selection of favorite brand products, interior and exterior renovations as well as refinished store fronts.
The 12 Grand Union stores were part of a 21-store acquisition that Tops entered into an agreement for in July 2012. The name change of the stores to Tops Friendly Markets was included in a rebranding effort announced in which all former Grand Union stores would be changed to Tops through the end of 2013.
The former Grand Union stores now operating under the Tops brand banner are located at: North Creek, Chestertown, Warrensburg, Bolton Landing, Schroon Lake, Corinth, Saranac Lake (156 Church St. and 622 Lake Flower Ave.), Elizabethtown, Peru, Au Sable Forks, and Northville.