MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Tops Friendly Markets celebrated $2.6 million in store renovations with a grand opening last week of its store on Route 6 in Carmel last week.

“Since becoming a part of the Carmel community in August 2016, the store, the associates, and the surrounding neighborhoods have quickly become a part of our Tops family,” said Frank Curci, Tops Markets’ chairman and CEO. “We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to not only be a part of, but more importantly, give back to these communities we serve.”

As part of the store’s renovation project, there were interior and exterior upgrades, which were designed to not only enhance the aesthetic appearance of the store, but provide Tops the opportunity to offer customers a wider selection of products and convenience. 

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The company added increased refrigeration and display cases to the former Hannaford market with expanded offerings, new décor, tiling, additional seating in the renovated café area, and new U-scans and additional checkouts. There is also an olive and soup bar, as well as a home-meal replacement island, providing access to a wide variety of quick meal options for their families right at their fingertips.

There are now expanded varieties of Ace Bakery artisan breads, all non-GMO project verified, with organic options. There are fresh-baked products that include rolls, breads, fresh made donuts, pastries, and an expanded variety of cakes and dessert offerings. Tops will also offer over 1,800 gluten-free items, including Bob’s Red Mill brand gluten-free baking mixes, Cucina Amore pasta sauce, The Goody Girl gluten-free cookie line and an expanded gluten-free offering with Vin Chet’s.

“Upon coming into the market, we listened to and adjusted to our customers’ needs,” said Jeff Cady, director of produce/floral for Tops Friendly Markets. “We are pleased to be able to offer a wide array of over 3,000 organic items store wide as well as bring in new offerings from companies like Earthbound Farms, Cal Organic and Lady Moon. We are also providing an enhanced variety of convenience items including fresh cut fruits, vegetables and Fresh Express Salads.”

Tops works with local growers and has maintained many of the relationships that existed prior to the store’s acquisition while also aligning with new growers in the area. 

Shoppers will also be able to take advantage of Tops’ other fresh departments, where certified butchers cut and hand-pack 100 percent USDA Choice beef locally raised from traditional small family farmers. The wide selection and fine cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and exotic meats include options that are free from hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-products and include brands such as Spring Crossing, Prairie Grove, Murray’s, Open Prairie, and Bartel’s. 

Tops opened five stores in New York (Rhinebeck, New Paltz, Wappingers Falls, LaGrangeville, and Carmel) and one in Gardner, Mass. in late August 2016. Four were previously Stop & Shop stores and two, Hannaford stores.