|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: July 19, 2012
CONTACT: Katie McKenna
|TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS ENTERS AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE 21 SUPERMARKETS FROM GU MARKETS LLC|
|WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. –Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in western New York, central New York, and northwestern Pennsylvania, today announced that the company has entered into an agreement with GU Markets LLC, an affiliate of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., to acquire 21 supermarkets located in upstate New York and Vermont.
This acquisition will bring the number of Tops stores to 153 and will expand Tops’ footprint further into areas of northern and eastern New York State and neighboring northern Vermont. The planned acquisition of the 21 stores follows up on the 2010 acquisition of the Penn Traffic stores.
“We are very excited about this growth opportunity for Tops, especially since these stores are a natural extension of our current footprint,” said Frank Curci, Tops Markets’ president and CEO. “We are looking forward to having these stores and the surrounding communities become part of the Tops family.”
“We believe this transition makes excellent strategic sense for both organizations,” said Michael Newbold, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer for C&S Wholesale Grocers. “It allows Tops to strengthen its retail network, while C&S will continue to focus on its core business of providing innovative supply and logistics solutions to its wholesale customers. C&S very much appreciates its deep partnership with Tops and looks forward to the second decade of our relationship.”
The 21 stores are in the following locations:
Ausable Forks, NY - 24 Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY - 622 Lake Flower Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY - 54 Church Street
Bolton Landing, NY - Route 9N & Sagamore Road
Chestertown, NY - 6308 U.S. 9
Schroon Lake, NY - 1103 Route 9
Corinth, NY - 100 Main St
Stamford, NY - 127 Main Street
Elizabethtown, NY - 335 Court Street
Tannersville, NY - Main Street Route 23A
Greenville, NY - Route 32 and Route 81
W. Coxsackie, NY - 7410 Rte 9W-RD#1
Hancock, NY - 16 W Main St
Warrensburg, NY - 3836 Main Street
Hoosick Falls, NY - 252 Route 22
North Creek, NY - 273 Main Street
Peru, NY - 50 South Main Street
Northville, NY - 201 Main St.
Rutland, VT - Norton & 12 No. Main St
Northfield, VT - 101 N. Main Street
Hardwick, VT - 82 Route 15
For the foreseeable future, current plans call for 20 stores to be operated under their current Grand Union banner, and one store to be operated under its current Bryant’s banner. There are approximately 600 associates employed at these locations, and Tops will offer all associates continued employment with Tops and operate all 21 stores without any interruption in service upon closing.
“Upon closing, we plan, as we have demonstrated with many of our acquired stores, to invest in those stores and the surrounding communities in an effort to best serve our associates and customers,” said Kevin Darrington, Tops’ chief operating officer. “We look forward to meeting the needs of our new neighbors and customers, providing them with a positive shopping experience that focuses on variety, freshness, convenience and exceptional value.”
The sale is expected to close by Fall, 2012. The purchase is subject to customary closing conditions. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 132 full-service supermarkets – 127 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 14,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the C&S Wholesale acquisition, Tops Markets will be operating 153 full-service supermarkets – 148 company-owned and five franchise locations, with more than 14,500 associates. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com.