Tops Friendly Markets was founded in 1958 by Armand Castellani, who had grown up in a family business running a neighborhood grocery store, and and Thomas Buscaglia, owner of a grocery store equipment company.
In 1960 the partners opened their first grocery store, a 25,000 square-foot store in Niagara Falls named Niagara Frontier Services (NFS).
The company grew quickly and by by 1990,now named Tops Friendly Markets, had 145 stores and 11,000 associates.
Today Tops Friendly Markets operates 160 company-owned and operates stores and five franchised stores in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. The company is owned by its management, including CEO Frank Curci.
Tops Friendly Markets is #203 in the list of Forbes Largest Private Companies, is #844 in the Fortune 1000, has 15,000 employees, and had $2.26 billion in revenue in 2014.