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Tops To Shutter 27 In-Store Pharmacies In Upstate New York

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Tops Friendly Markets, a full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, will close pharmacy departments in 27 stores to reinvest in its stores and use the additional space to offer shoppers more product choices.

“Tops does not have a one-size-fits-all approach to our stores, which means our neighborhood locations vary greatly by size and offering,” said Frank Curci, Tops chairman, president and CEO. “Space inside some of our supermarkets is at a premium and some of our locations are not filling enough prescriptions to make the most efficient use of our resources. A business decision was made to close out select pharmacy departments.”

In the closed pharmacy spaces, Tops will continue expanding its offerings in health products, beauty products, fresh food, deli and other categories.

“This transition allows us to better focus on what Tops does best: providing our customers with the widest selection of what they want most, at the price that gives them the most value,” Curci added. “Across our stores, customers tell us they love and want more options that busy, healthy families need today—like fresh produce, prepared foods, natural organics and other health and wellness options. We are committed to western New York, and this transition will allow us to reinvest back into our stores and give customers more of what they want from Tops.”

Tops is working with both Rite Aid and CVS for the ease of transferred prescription customers.

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