Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, held a ground breaking event at the site of Tops’ future Walworth, NY location. This will be the company’s newest store and part of Tops’ major investment in the greater Rochester community.
It will be the second store for Tops in Wayne County. Tops President and CEO Frank Curci, developers from Walworth Plaza LLC, as well as Walworth Town and Wayne County officials were on hand to discuss what shoppers will see at the new Walworth location.
“The Wayne County community and the greater Rochester area are very important parts of our business,” Curci said. “This store will be the latest addition to Tops’ commitment to growth and serving the grocery needs of our neighbors. Including current projects and those completed over the past three years, we are investing more than $25 million in the greater Rochester area to make for an exceptional shopping experience for our many customers.”
The new 42,674 square-foot store, located at 2140 Walworth Penfield Road in Walworth will open in 2015 and will create approximately 100 jobs. Curci described the new Walworth store’s layout as modern and efficient, as well as easy to navigate and having a true neighborhood feel.
Developer David Dworkin stated, “Our goal, as a real estate developer is to see that the work progresses, and that we bring in a project that we can all be proud of.”
Included in the ground breaking ceremony, besides current County and Town officials, was retired Walworth Supervisor Bob Plant, whose vision, as far back as 7 years ago, has seen fruition with this new grocery store.
Peg Churchill, Wayne County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director, noted that working with Tops and the Walworth Plaza Corporation was a great process. She indicated that two very “stubborn” men helped make this launch possible. Former Supervisor Bob Plant and Walworth Plaza LLC partner Tony Evans.
Current Walworth Supervisor Patti Marini remarked that the town was proud and anxious to welcome the new business, one that will bring jobs and shoppers to Walworth.
Curci indicated that, while they are aiming for a Spring 2015 opening of the new store, a summer opening is more realistic. While a spokesman for Tops had indicated that gas pumps, usually built in conjunction with a new Tops store, would be built at a later date, the final decision about installing the pumps at the same time as the store opening, is being considered
“We are committed to investing in this area and as we look ahead, this region is a market we are looking to grow and expand in,” Curci added.