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Operator for downtown grocery store "secured", but is it Tops Markets?

Posted at 5:47 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-16 11:02:06-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Three years ago, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced during his State of the City address plans for a mixed use development at 201 Ellicott Street which would include a grocery element. The status of that project has been up in the air, until today.

Following the 2019 State of the City address, Mayor Brown and the Office of Strategic Planning announced they have found a tenant.

"We have someone that will be operating the grocery component and their final design is being worked through with stakeholders of the community.

The city says that an announcement should be expected in the coming weeks to reveal who is taking over the space.

In the initial plans, Tops Markets was listed as the preferred operator for the grocery section.

Tops provided a statement on February 6th saying “Tops reviewed and provided feedback to Ciminelli on the revised proposal and are awaiting their reply.”

When contacted again today about the development of an operator being “secured", Tops said the statement still stands.