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Tops Plans Growth in Rochester, Buffalo

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. --Tops Markets here said that it intends to expand considerably over the next few years.

Company c.e.o. Frank Curci told local television station, WHAM (Channel 13): "Rochester is an important market for us. We intend to build stores here to grow this business. Seventy-one stores is probably as small as this company will ever be. We're here to stay. We're here to serve our customers and we have a great business."

Tops spokeswoman Katie McKenna told Progressive Grocer that the expansion was still in "the planning stage," but that Curci is committed to growing the company, and that the Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y. markets were prime areas for that growth.

The retailer, whose 71 stores were bought by Morgan Stanley Private Equity, in December, recently converted four Martin's Super Food Stores in New York state to the Tops banner, in keeping with its decision to operate all of its locations under one name.
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