Many companies probably would like to be able to say they grew their business by 40% in 2010. Thanks to a timely and opportunistic merger with a nearby rival, Tops Friendly Markets can make that claim. From its headquarters in Williamsville, N.Y., Tops was able to acquire most of what was left of the long-struggling Penn Traffic chain out of bankruptcy, and has since been busy converting the stores to Tops' own operating paradigm, which emphasizes strong promotions, variety of selection ...

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