Tops Friendly Market was founded in 1960 in Niagra Falls, New York, originally as Niagara Frontier Services. In 1962, franchise systems had been developed for supermarkets and the company began franchising under the name of Tops Friendly Markets.
Today, the company has 179 full service supermarkets, with 5 of these being franchised and one location operating under the Orchard Fresh market name. The company employs approximately 16,000 persons full time and in 2015, reported annual revenue of $2.47 billion. Expansion is generally done by acquisition, although new locations are constructed, such as the location in Walworth, New York, which opened in 2015.
Tops Friendly Market opened a new location under the name of Orchard Fresh in 2012 and states that it has plans to open more locations under this name. Company headquarters are located in Williamsville, New York.