Niagara Gazette — March 6, marked a special day in the history of one of Lewiston’s longest running businesses.
The Tops grocery store on Center Street turned 50 years old last week. Though not an original Tops location, the Lewiston store, owned and operated by the DiMino family since its creation in 1964, has grown and developed into a community staple in the village.
“When my father brought Tops to Lewiston in 1964, there were two major grocery stores in the area,” Owner Anthony DiMino said. “Now where are they? I think it’s a testament to Tops corporate and ourselves.”
But much of the company’s success since opening, he said, stems from the way the business has taken quality care of its customers. Whether it be the butchers in-store serving the meats people desire or the customer service the company has built itself around to cater to the specific needs of a Lewiston shopper, the company only exists to make sure the needs of those in the store can be answered with the proper products.
Shopping is usually not an experience most people circle on the calendar for positive reasons. For many, it’s a chore, like cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming the rugs. So people are often looking to get in and get out as quickly as possible.
“Nobody likes shopping,” he said. “People come in, find what they’re looking for and want to get out. We have so many different kinds of shoppers, though. It’s about knowing them, knowing their needs. Our job is to reflect what they need and provide it.”
DiMino’s Tops was part of the transformation of Lewiston. The company came along during the creation of the Robert Moses Parkway, when Portage Road was the main thoroughfare in town. With the mass-transit system of the parkway, the fabric of the village was changed, but the character remained the same.