Two months after the Buffalo supermarket mass shooting, Tops on Jefferson Avenue reopened Friday, shortly before 8 a.m.
In addition to a long list of physical updates to the store, Tops also enhanced its food offerings. They said there will be 25% more produce, with a focus on organic options; additional dairy products; more in-store bakery goods; and an expanded prepared food case for meals-to-go.
Enhanced security inside and outside is planned for the Tops reopening, including additional security personnel and new video and alarm systems.
Tops installed an emergency evacuation alarm system that can simultaneously activate in-store and alert police. An additional emergency exit has also been added, going above and beyond building code, Tops said.
New, modern store façade, which they say is the first of its kind in the Tops network
Renovated interior, including a new store layout
New covered cart corrals
Enclosed exterior area for shoppers to stay out of the elements
Repaved parking lot
New fence along property line
Additional LED lighting in the parking lot
Improved egress points
Improved sight lines and openness on the sales floor
Upgraded ventilation systems
High-capacity fryers for prepared foods
New easy-weigh scales in the produce department
Video menu screens in the Carryout Café and Bakery
Dedicated floral department in collaboration with local florist, Anderson’s Flower Shop
Expanded line of personal care products, as well as wellness programs with local community partners
New health education screenings in its pharmacy.
Enhanced Grocery Delivery service with a free delivery offer and SNAP payment acceptance, as well as more education on how to sign-up and use the service
Tops said it is also working with the local community to develop a permanent public remembrance area outside the store, on the corner of Jefferson and Landon.