After completing a merger with Price Chopper/Market 32, Tops Friendly Markets will be shutting down a dozen locations across the state.
The move came after new leadership for the merged company said no closures would occur. The merger itself was recently approved by regulators, giving the new, unified company the green light to move forward.
The Tops locations being closed are mostly in the eastern half of New York. Cortland, Cooperstown, Norwich, Owego, Warrensburg, Lake Placid, Rome, and Sherrill will all have locations shuttered.
New York Attorney General Letitia James weighed in on the store closures and merger. “It’s simple: More choices and competition at the supermarket mean better prices and more savings for consumers,” she said. James is now running for governor. “As many New Yorkers continue to suffer the financial impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the last thing that should be happening is for supermarkets to let an anticompetitive merger cut choices and raise prices.”
The stores will begin closing during the third week of January. All of the stores will be shut down within a six week window.