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Jefferson Avenue Tops to reopen Friday

The store has been closed since May 14 when 10 people were killed and three injured by a mass shooter.
Credit: AP
Investigators stand outside during a moment of silence for the victims of the Buffalo supermarket shooting outside the Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. Tops was encouraging people to join its stores in a moment of silence to honor the shooting victims Saturday at 2:30 p.m., the approximate time of the attack a week earlier. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown also called for 123 seconds of silence from 2:28 p.m. to 2:31 p.m., followed by the ringing of church bells 13 times throughout the city to honor the 10 people killed and three wounded. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets is expected to reopen their Jefferson Avenue location to the public this Friday.

The store, which is located in East Buffalo, has been closed since May 14 when 10 people were killed and three injured by a mass shooter.

The store said in a release it will reopen quietly and respectfully on Friday. No times were given for the the store's reopening. 

A moment of silence and prayer will be held to honor the victims, as well as the employees and community affected. 

The mayor of Buffalo got a chance to see the store as it is being remodeled last month.

"The store looks completely different inside, it does not look like the same store on the interior and there are also substantial exterior renovations being done," said Mayor Byron Brown at the time of the tour.

He realizes not everyone will feel comfortable returning to the store to shop.

"Everyone is not going to feel comfortable coming back to the store and we certainly understand that but thousands of people in the community rely on that shopping option and I give Tops tremendous credit for listening to the community, listening to their customers and employees, and changing just about every single thing in that store so that when people do come to the store it will look and feel like a brand new store," Brown said.

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