Tops To Add Syracuse Store

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM EDT

Syracuse, NY - In a move to increase its footprint in the Syracuse market, Tops Markets LLC has agreed to open a new location in the city's South Side.

Frank Curci, Tops' president and CEO, confirmed the Amherst-based supermarket chain is taking over a vacant P&C Market in the Valley Plaza on S. Salina Street and will renovate the 36,000-square-foot building into the chain's 133 markets. The store is expected to open later this year.

Curci said Tops hopes to hire as many as 100 people to work in the store.

The deal is part of a strategy by Tops to increase its presence in Central New York.

"One of our highest priorities is to invest in those communities where the need for a grocery store is greatest." Curci said. "The South Side area in the City of Syracuse has been without a grocery store for three years. I have no doubt that Tops is the right fit."

Tops is making its investment with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office, the Empire State Development Corp., the City of Syracuse, and the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency. A $275,000 grant from the Upstate City By City is helping to finance the project.

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