Tops Friendly Markets has completed a $1 million renovation of one of its newer stores in Farmington, near Rochester.
The upgrades include new decor, expanded selection, additional natural and organic products, new meat and seafood counters, as well as spiffed-up produce, deli and bakery departments.
The property was formerly occupied by a long-standing, family-owned grocery store, Wade’s Market Center. Wade’s, which had operated in that location for nearly 50 years, was forced to close when the building was sold by its former landlord. Tops took over in November.
Something similar happened at Sanborn Marketplace in September, when Benderson Development declined to renew the family-owned grocer’s lease and leased it instead to Tops. Both family-owned grocery stores had sought to extend their leases and stay in operation at the sites.
Tops said it did not seek out the properties, but agreed to lease them when they were solicited by landlords.
“As a consistently growing company, Tops Markets is always looking for new opportunities to expand its business,” said Frank Curci, Tops Chairman and CEO. “As opportunities arise, we look into the possibility of doing business in new markets.”
Tops offered employment to the former Wade’s workers and ended up hiring 65 of them.