The Tops Supermarket in Cortland is no more.
It closed yesterday afternoon following the purchase of the Tops Supermarket chain by The Golub Corporation, which owns Price Chopper. The Federal Trade Commission ruled that having two stores in Cortland would be anticompetitive. So Cortland and 11 stores in other locations were sold to C and S Wholesale Grocers from New Hampshire. C&S supplies 77-hundred stores of all sizes.
The old Tops will open as a Grand Union by Sunday. The Grand Union Supermarket chain was once one of the largest in the country, but went bankrupt in 2001. C&S then purchased some of the upstate New York and New England store locations, and eventually, many were sold to Tops. This leads to the current C&S purchase of Tops locations.
Many will remember the Grand Union (and Grandway) on Homer Avenue.