NewsLocal News


Tops to continue popular Monopoly game despite coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 1:05 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 13:25:05-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tops Markets will continue its popular Monopoly promotion as planned despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Game pieces will be handed out until they are gone, said Tops Public and Media Relations manager Kathy Sautter.

The annual promotion, which began on March 1 this year and runs through May 23, awards 16 grand prize winners with their choice of $20,000 in Tops gift cards or $10,000 cash.

Tops has already awarded a $20,000 shopping spree with three more on the way, Sautter said.

Several people reached out to 7 Eyewitness News, asking us to find out if the promotion would be halted this year since game pieces are handed from cashier to customer.

But even if the Williamsville-based supermarket chain wanted to postpone the game, the law wouldn't allow it.

"Promotions like Monopoly are regulated by the state and we must continue to be in compliance," Sautter said in an email.

Tops has made a number of changes to its operations since the outbreak began. Stores are now open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., giving staff ample time to deep clean and restock shelves overnight.

Tops has also set aside 6 to 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday exclusively for senior citizen shoppers.