Newly remodeled Tops Friendly Markets in Rochester, New York. / Photo credit: Tops Friendly Markets
Tops Friendly Markets celebrated a quarter century of being in the Rochester, New York community with a $500,000 renovation of its store at 285 Upper Falls Blvd., the grocer announced Tuesday.
The company said it has “reinvested in the community” with the updated store located in the heart of the city near the University of Rochester’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, Eastman School of Music and the George Eastman House.
Tops recently updated more than two dozen stores “with a new look and a renewed focus on fresh departments,” the company said.
“We have an extensive capital investment plan that makes this remodel the 26th since inception with over a dozen more on the horizon, the next being our store in Greece, New York on November 1. “said a spokesperson for Tops Friendly Markets, adding that the company’s renovations will continue through 2023 and beyond.
In August, Tops completed a $2.7 million renovation of its Cheektowaga, New York, shop. The remodel was a complete renovation of the 80,542 square foot site.
The Rochester store has been refreshed and now features a repaved parking lot, renovated lobby and restrooms, indoor and outdoor LED lighting, solar-powered efficiencies, an M&T bank, new self-checkouts, a new interior décor, as well as an expanded product assortment.
“When it comes to freshness, convenience and variety, you’ll find it all here at your newly renovated Rochester store,” store manager Steve Geer said in a statement.
The Tops’ Rochester store has expanded some departments, including specialty cheeses, soups and pastas, and a bakery that offers an assortment of breads, pastries, specialty cakes, frozen cake varieties, candies and breakfast items such as danishes, bagels and muffins. There is also a fresh cake case, pies, cupcakes, pound cakes and brownies.
“One of the changes we are most proud of is our new bakery, which offers specialty cakes and freshly baked breads. We also offer customers a greater selection of domestic and imported cheeses and fresh meats custom-cut by real butchers,” Geer said.
The store’s expanded produce area includes fresh cut vegetables, fruits and prepared platters. Tops partners with over 500 local and dairy producers. The company also supports produce grown by New York State farmers “who adhere to the requirements of the New York State Grown and Certified program, which includes verification of safe food handling practices and participation in sustainability programs. environmental,” according to a statement.
Geer said he and his team “work hard every day to make life easier for their customers by focusing on affordable, easy-to-prepare meal options as well as providing new additions.”
Tops Markest is based in Williamsville, New York, and currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.