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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. -- Frank Curci, president and CEO of Tops Markets LLC, and Rick Cohen, CEO of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., jointly announced that their companies have signed a letter of intent to enter into a distribution agreement.
Tops Markets is one of six retailoperating companies under retail giant Ahold USA. Tops currently operates 151 Tops Friendly Markets, 212 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners, and eight B-Kwik Food Markets in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio.
C&S, one of the nation's leading grocery warehouse distribution companies, operates facilities in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
Tops' distribution network includes its distribution center in Lancaster, N.Y., its frozen distribution center in Cheektowaga, N.Y., and its Ohio distribution center in Maple Heights, Ohio. All three properties are to be included in the deal.
"This transaction is a win-win for both companies, especially for the warehouse and transportation employees," Curci said. "Our agreement with C&S allows Tops to focus on our store operations, which we strongly believe will make us an even better company in the communities where we serve our valuable customers. The distribution employees in Lancaster, Cheektowaga and northeastern Ohio are joining a company with significant expertise that also is experiencing significant growth in the grocery warehouse distribution industry."