Niagara Gazette


January 10, 2013

NT woman racks up $1,200 in groceries on three-minute dash

Niagara Gazette — AMHERST — You can't say Kim Rajewski wasn't prepared.

The North Tonawanda woman arrived ready to run Thursday, in brand-new sneakers, jogging shorts and a T-shirt for her prize-winning shopping spree at Tops Friendly Markets on Niagara Falls Boulevard, having scouted out the store — where she also routinely shops — for the best items.

It was a tactic that paid off.

Rajewski was the winner of the three-minute shopping spree as part of a sweepstakes to celebrate the recent renovation of three local Tops stores, including the Niagara Falls Boulevard store and the Young and Niagara street stores in Tonawanda, said Daphne Inman, Tops communications coordinator. From Dec. 1 to 15, customers who used their Bonus cards at the locations were automatically entered to win the spree or other prizes including an autographed Jim Kelly football and four Buffalo Bills tickets.

Rajewski said she found out about the prize just before Christmas, in a very surprising telephone call at work.

"I just couldn't believe it," she said. "I couldn't work the rest of the day. I told everyone around me. It was hard to believe."

Rajewski and friend Dave Bartlett readied for the spree while Andrew Brocato, Tops director of community relations, ran down the rules -- only one person pushes the cart while one puts items in it; no alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication, gift cards, money orders or lottery tickets; and no more than three of the same type of item.

Then Tops employees counted down to the start, and Rajewski and Bartlett took off at a run, quickly coming to a halt at the cheese counter, where a huge wheel of Jarlsberg Swiss cheese (a whopping $177.70) and two big blocks of cheddar wound up in the cart. From there, it was on on to the meat department for ham, chicken, beef roasts and shrimp, and then three huge bags of dog food (for her 9-month-old black lab, Pepsi) and laundry detergent. Soon after, she returned to the starting point for another cart, heading back for cleaning supplies, a big can of olive oil and everything from a box of gourmet brownie mix to garbage bags before the 180 seconds were up.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page