BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Wegmans grocery stores in Erie and Niagara counties reopened on Tuesday at 10 a.m., Wegmans officials announced.
The West Seneca store located at 370 Orchard Park Road will reopen on Tuesday afternoon.
Some Tops Friendly Markets outside of Erie County reopened at 6 a.m. Monday. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the company provided another update, saying the majority of stores in and outside Erie County had reopened, with a few exceptions in Erie.
“The safety of our customers and employees continues to be our top priority,” a spokesperson for Wegmans stated on Sunday.
“We recognize our obligation to serve the neighborhoods we operate in and want to ensure a safe environment for our associates and customers,” a public relations manager for Tops stated in a news release, suggesting that customers visit Tops’ website and social media pages, or call the consumer affairs line at 1-800-522-2522 before venturing out to the nearest location.
Gov. Kathy Hochul warned WNY residents to finish their holiday shopping on Thursday before the storm hit. It turned out to be sage advice.
The Buffalo area’s largest supermarket chains, Wegmans and Tops, both closed early Friday due to severe weather.
Tops closed its Erie and Niagara county stores at 2 p.m. Friday before reopenings began on Monday.
“Weather conditions will dictate when we will reopen,” they said.
The storm brought near-hurricane force winds and snow to the Buffalo area, resulting in blizzard-like conditions through much of the holiday weekend.
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Erie County’s Public Works commissioner, William Geary, urged drivers to stay off the roads, noting that it will not even be safe for snow plows to drive during much of the day Friday. The NFTA suspended all bus and rail service Friday.
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