Tops Planning New Store Expansion: Reports

Tops Markets is planning to open seven to 10 new stores during 2009, according to local news reports.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tops Markets here is planning to open seven to 10 new stores during 2009, according to local news reports.

The Buffalo News reported that a Tops spokeswoman said the chain expects to finalize its plans for expansion shortly after the new year, calling for stores throughout western and central New York.

The chain, which was acquired a year ago by Morgan Stanley Private Equity, previously announced a $150 million program to renovate existing stores.

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