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Nearly 500 Tops employees across NY to be laid off by November

Tops Friendly Markets location on S. Salina Street in Syracuse (CNYCentral Photo)

Nearly 500 employees at Tops Friendly Markets stores across New York will be laid off by late November, according to a WARN notice posted to the New York Department of Labor website.

A total of ten grocery stores across the state are slated for closure. Three of them are located in central New York.

  • 2120 West Genesee Street,Westvale
  • 4141 South Salina Street, Syracuse
  • 909 West 1st Street S., Fulton

A location at 33 Forgham Street in Lyons will be closing as well.

The WARN notice indicated that 57 workers would be affected by the closure of the S. Salina Street location.

The announcement of layoffs comes as Tops announced last week that it would be closing several of its underperforming stores.

A total of 492 employees will be laid off. The layoff date is scheduled for Nov. 27.

Tops filed for bankruptcy back in February, citing a large debt load, falling food prices and a competitive market with Amazon and other retailers. The chain acknowledged at the time it faces tough competition from other local, regional and national supermarket outlets, as well as drug stores, discount stores, fast food chains and big box retailers.

RELATED | Documents: Tops cites large debts, Amazon for filing bankruptcy

The company has been seeing some improvement since the bankruptcy filing. According to documents recently filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, June was the grocery chain’s most profitable month yet since filing for bankruptcy back in February, generating an operating profit of $4.6 million between May 20 and June 16. Sales amounts reached $199 million.

Tops has 170 stores across New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania. More than a dozen locations lie in the immediate Syracuse area and several others are scattered across central New York. The company maintains that the majority of its stores are generating positive raw earnings.

Tops currently has 169 locations. The full list of the 10 stores that are closing is below:

  • 2120 West Genesee Street, Westvale
  • 4141 South Salina Street, Syracuse
  • 710 Lake Avenue, Rochester
  • 175 N. Winton Rd., Rochester
  • 6720 Pittsford/Palmyra Rd., Fairport
  • 33 Forgham Street, Lyons
  • 381 Hamilton Street, Geneva
  • 909 West 1st Street S., Fulton
  • 299 S. Main Street, Elmira
  • 622 Lake Flower Ave., Saranac Lake

Tops currently has more than a dozen locations in the immediate Syracuse area and several others are scattered across central New York.

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