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July 3, 2013

Tops unveils rebranded stores in North Country

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AUSABLE FORKS —

“We are constantly trying to attract new businesses and encourage people to shop locally,” Douglas said.

‘VERY HAPPY’

Black Brook Town Supervisor Ricky Nolan said residents would likely have to travel about 25 miles to Plattsburgh if AuSable Forks lost its grocery store. An inconvenience to all, it would be especially difficult for the elderly or people with disabilities.

“I’m just very happy they are able to keep the store open,” he said.

PAST SALES

Tops originally acquired the six stores and 14 others from Grand Union in 2001. It sold the stores back to Grand Union’s parent company, C&S Wholesale Grocers, in 2005. 

Ruszczak said that decision came from Ahold USA, Tops parent company at the time. He said Tops CEO Frank Curci and other Tops officials were against the sale.

“He (Curci) just loved those stores,” Ruszczak said.

Tops was acquired by Morgan Stanley Private Equity late in 2007. That paved the way for Tops to reacquire the stores last year.

Ruszczak said the company really likes the towns that have just one grocery store. It gives Tops a chance to become part of the community.

DONATIONS

Kathleen Allen, manager of community relations for Tops Friendly Markets, said the company prides itself on its community involvement. She said Locatelli and her team did a great job in identifying some worthy organizations for their first donations.

The AuSable Forks Fire Department, JCEO’s Black Brook Food Pantry and Adirondack Community Action Program all received $500 checks at the end of the event.

Similar events were held Tuesday at all 12 Tops locations.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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