Resolution J4346-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of TOPS Markets



  • Mar 31, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 28, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  50th  Anniversary  of  TOPS

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that  the
quality  and  character of life in the communities across New York State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated  efforts  of  those  busi-
nesses  and individuals that are devoted to the welfare of the community
and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and in full accord with  its  long-
standing traditions this Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate
the 50th Anniversary of TOPS Markets; and
  WHEREAS,  The  story  of  TOPS  Markets  began in the early 1920s when
Ferrante Castellani and his family moved from a village outside of Rome,
Italy to Niagara Falls, New York, where they opened their first  grocery
store;  Ferrante's  sons,  Armand  and  Alfred, eventually took over the
business and opened two more stores under the name  Great  Bear  Market;
  WHEREAS,  In  the  1950s,  Armand  met Thomas Buscaglia, owner of T.A.
Buscaglia Equipment Company, and the two men agreed on a joint  venture,
Niagara  Frontier  Services, the forerunner of TOPS Markets; during this
time, Savino Nanula was also a key member of their team; and
  WHEREAS, With a great passion for food, people and his company, Armand
Castellani was a true visionary with ideas that were  far  advanced  for
the times; excited by the growth of supermarkets, Castellani and Buscag-
lia  partnered with a group of independent Bells store owners, including
Alfonse and Leonard DiMino, among others, who joined them as  key  part-
ners in their early and expanding grocery enterprise; and
  WHEREAS,  The  group  opened  its first modern supermarket in 1962, on
Portage Road in Niagara Falls, New York; the same year,  Alfonse  DiMino
suggested  the  name  TOPS and the team chose the name because they were
determined to give customers the best shopping experience possible; and
  WHEREAS, The 1970s saw TOPS, under the leadership of Armand Castellani
and Savino Nanula, continue to grow in Western New York; by the mid-70s,
the company had expanded into the Rochester area; store growth continued
for the next decade and during this time, TOPS opened its first Pennsyl-
vania store in Bradford; and
  WHEREAS, In 1991, TOPS was acquired by Ahold,  a  major  international
food  retailer  based  in  the  Netherlands, and in 2001, TOPS formed an
alliance with Giant Food Stores, another Ahold company based in Pennsyl-
vania; the structure remained until 2006 when Ahold announced they would
sell TOPS Markets to Morgan Stanley Private Equity; and
  WHEREAS, Current President and CEO, Frank Curci,  led  the  deal  that
returned  TOPS  to  a locally operated organization in the fall of 2007;
since that time, TOPS has grown from 71 to 132  stores  stretching  from
Northern Pennsylvania to beyond the suburbs of Syracuse, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Furthermore,  TOPS  Markets has significantly contributed to
the vitality of local communities, and has created and  preserved  thou-
sands of jobs; and
  WHEREAS,  Proud of its history, TOPS Markets remains true to its roots
as a store that has a passion for food and people;  today,  TOPS  stores
retain the neighborhood feel of the original family-owned grocery store;
  WHEREAS, It is with great pleasure that this Legislative Body acknowl-
edges  TOPS  Markets' success, recognizes its contributions to the local
and State economies, and extends its highest commendation to the  corpo-
ration  and  its employees, fully confident that, in its future, it will

enjoy the same success which has so characterized its past; now,  there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of TOPS Markets; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Frank Curci, President and CEO, TOPS Markets.


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