Wednesday, September 05, 2012

TOPS Elmridge Store Closing


WHEC Reports: "Tops Friendly Markets will close one of its stores in Greece next month.

The grocery market chain announced Wednesday that it will close its Elmridge store on Elmridge Center Drive on October 20, prior to its lease expiring at the end of November. Officials say the decision was made based on economic performance standards at the store.

Employees have been offered jobs at other Tops locations in the area. Customers can shop at Tops nearby stores in Gates, Spencerport, Hilton and Mt. Read Blvd in Greece."

SCATS ~~ Don't look now but Elmridge is already on its way to becoming the next Northgate Plaza. The loss of TOPS will just hasten the decline.

   

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

there was talk a couple years ago about WalMart wanting to close the Elmridge store and build a super center further west on Ridge. Any one know where this stands?

Anonymous said...

I checked with the town departments a couple years ago (!) and the process was in an environmental review. Concern was that the pollution would be detrimental to the Greece Canal Park which abuts on the south. Other than that response to my inquiry, I haven't heard a word. I suspect the deal in in a "hold" state, because of the economy, until there is an upswing and stores can be enticed to move into the new Center. Driver appears to be Walmart (and Sam's) wanting to own their own property.

Anonymous said...

So where does that leave the welfare recipients (from the nearby apartments), Ridgemont Wegmans? Or does Warmart expand to a super store right there in Elm Ridge? Day kids gots to eat!

SCATS said...

To 7:32AM ~~ There are Tops stores in both Hilton & Spencerport ... which are both relatively "new." They potentially led to the demise of the Elmridge store.

To 7:17AM ~~ Everything with Walmart and some other retailers that planned to build out on 104 went onto the back-burner. As I recall, they decided to give priority to the Northgate project and the economy was also a factor.

Anonymous said...

The Topps lease specificly had a clause that precluded the existence of another Grocery store being built in that Plaza.
This fact came out when Walmart tried to open a Super Store and were denied. That's when they theatend to close the existing store in the plaza and build across the other side of the Ridge and build a super store there.
It is possible that with the closing and termination of the Topps store and lease, Walmart could now construct an addition to the existing store to include grocery operation.

Anonymous said...

Tops is concentrating on smaller format stores, like those in Hilton and Spencerport. The Elm Ridge store is simply too big for the number of customers it gets. Look for a similar announcement on the Jefferson Road store soon.



SCATS said...

To 10:24PM ~~ Several years ago, a Tops employee told me the Buffalo Rd store was #1 on the list to be closed. There were issues like age of the store & health dept. complaints that put it at the #1 slot. Elmridge was rated #2 because it was so small, couldn't easily expand, etc. Since then, Tops acquired the Hilton store and opened a store in Spencerport which has kind of squeezed the Elmridge store into the middle ground between them. Also, they just revamped the Tops Intnl store on Mt. Read Blvd ... something that REALLY needed doing and turned out well.

Anonymous said...

Let's see, you could probably add Winton Rd. in the near future. Geneva is closing but a newer smaller store is opening down the road. Wouldn't be surprised if Albion and Periton were closed in the near future. The shrink that is in all of the Urban stores is probably unheard of and they be smart to close them as well.
Spencerport is nothing more than a larger scale ma and pa store with the sales that they are doing out of there so there would be no big surprise to see that one go down once the lease is up.

These are only an educated guesses.