NORTHVILLE - The Grand Union at 201 N. Main St. on Tuesday officially became a Tops Friendly Market along with 12 other former Grand Unions.
The 12 Grand Union stores were part of a 21-store acquisition that Tops entered into an agreement for in July 2012. The name change of the stores to Tops Friendly Markets was included in a rebranding effort announced in which all former Grand Union stores would be changed to Tops through the end of 2013.
Tops is a grocery retailer headquarter in Williamsville and operated 159 supermarkets in Upstate as well as in northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont.
Along with Fulton County, Tops branded stores last week in Saratoga, Warrensburg, Warren, Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties.
Tops company officials traveled to the different stores to participate in celebration Tuesday with community officials and charities.
Ceremonies featured the announcement of capital improvements made at each store, as well as donations made on behalf of Tops to various local charities through the company's "Living Here. Giving Here" community partnership program, according to a news release from the company.
"The entire Tops team has worked very hard to that ensure our new store customers will have a more enjoyable shopping experience as they see the many changes in the setting, amenities and an increased variety of products that our neighborhood stores will offer," said Frank Curci, Tops' president and CEO, said in the release. "And we want to continue the tradition of giving back and being active members of the local community."