Well, I noticed recently that there are very posts on Tops Friendly Markets online. This is a post on the Pat Catan's craft store (a former Tops store) in North Ridgeville, Ohio at 33799 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio. The store is 49,000 square feet.
This store opened as a Tops Friendly Markets prototype store on September 25th, 2002. Some of the features this Tops had that others at the time did not are a Pharmacy with a consultation room and a Carry-out Cafe. Tops was a brand that was only in Ohio for a pretty short time.
Finast (chain later re-branded Tops) was owned by Ahold (also then parent of Tops) since 1988. All of the Pick-N-Pay stores in Ohio were re-branded to the Finast name by 1994. Since Tops and Finast were owned by the same company their stores looked remarkably similar to each other. The notable differences were the in-store brands and the signage. Ahold then decided for multiple reasons to re-brand all their Finast stores to Tops (completed by 1998). This store in particular was originally opened under the Tops name; one of the only stores in Northeastern Ohio to originally be opened as Tops. Tops closed all Northeastern Ohio stores in late 2006. After the pull-out Morgan Stanley bought the Tops chain from Ahold.
In May 2009 this store opened as one of the larger Pat Catan's craft stores (a regional chain of 22 stores). This Pat Catan's store creatively uses the space left over from the Tops Pull-out of Northeastern Ohio. The old specialty sections, such as the voids left by the Deli and Bakery, had the grocery equipment removed and aisles re-aligned to fill the space. Some of the old Tops fixtures remain intact (such as checkouts and shelves), but most Tops signage was removed. It is also clear in the back of the store that some walls were moved around to further expand the size of the sale-floor area.
|The storefront of this Pat Catan's. the exterior makes it very evident this was once a Tops grocery store.|
|The Center Ridge Road sign for this store.|
|The front lobby of this store, where carts and specials are located.|
|A view of the checkout area; looking towards the former Bakery.|
|The Customer Service area and the space I think was previously occupied by the Tops Pharmacy.|
|This floral section was once the former Produce and Floral area for Tops.|
|The former wine sale area; looking towards the old Deli and carry-out Cafe.|
|The former Bakery is to the right. The checkouts are also along the right.|
|The former Bakery|
|The aisle along the side wall; looking towards the old Bakery|
|The old Deli and carry-out cafe|
|More of the old Deli and carry-out cafe|
|A view of the old food preparation space, the equipment was removed.|
|Some of the still intact signage from Tops. The Catan's was added after the conversion of this store from a grocery store to a craft store.|
- Here are some photos I took of the shopping center this store is in.
|A former Donato's Pizza restaurant (has since been converted to Senor Coyotes mexican restaurant)|
|More of the Donato's Pizza restaurant|
|A Blockbuster store that has since closed|