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Grand Union is now Tops again

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.

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.

— Tops Friendly Markets announced a year ago — July 19, 2012 — it had entered into an agreement with Grand Union Markets LLC, to acquire 21 facilities located in upstate New York and Vermont (Hardwick, Northfield and Rutland).

Grand Union Markets LLC is an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., based in Keene, N.H.

In 2001, the original Grand Union supermarket company sold 20 of its North Country stores to Tops during Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The 20 stores involved in the 2001 sale were: North Creek, Indian Lake, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Willsboro, Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Keeseville, two in Saranac Lake, Whitehall, Champlain, Elizabethtown, Au Sable Forks, Chestertown, Bolton Landing, Schroon Lake, Warrensburg, Peru and Hamilton. Only 10 of these stores are part of the 2012 sale. While the announcement was made in February 2001, they made the transition to Tops on March 6, 2001.

In 2005, Tops sold the following 12 stores to C&S Wholesale Grocers, which called them Grand Union Friendly Markets: Elizabethtown, Au Sable Forks, two in Saranac Lake, Bolton Landing, Chestertown, Schroon Lake, Warrensburg, North Creek, Peru, Corinth and Hamilton.

Only 11 of these stores are part of the 2012 sale; faced with stiff competition from Price Chopper, the Hamilton Grand Union closed in 2009. Some stores, like the one in Tupper Lake, were sold (to Price Chopper), and others were simply closed, such as the one in Lake Placid. Tops announced in July 2005 that it was seeking buyers for 31 stores in New York, including the 20 North Country stores it bought from Grand Union in 2001. The sale was made in October 2005, and they made the transition to the 12 Grand Union stores on Feb. 13, 2006.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets – 154 company-owned and five franchise locations under the Tops, Grand Union and Bryant’s banners.  With more than 15,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

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