Tops Plans Syracuse Store

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets [3] on Wednesday said it plans to open a store on this city’s south side later this year at the site of a vacant P&C supermarket.

The Williamsville, N.Y.-based chain said the area is currently underserved.

“One of our highest priorities is to invest in those communities where the need for a grocery store is greatest,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement.

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Syracuse was the headquarters for P&C parent company Penn Traffic, many of whose stores were acquired by Tops in 2010.

In June, the state Public Authorities Control Board approved $275,000 in funding from an Upstate City By City grant to open a supermarket at this location, the company said. The 36,000-square-foot store will undergo a major renovation over the next several months that will include the addition of a full-service deli, bakery, floral and seafood departments, a service meat department, and other offerings, including a Tops’ Carry Out Café for prepared foods.