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Business First of Buffalo profiles Max Henderson Jr., the executive vice president and general manager of Tops Markets in western New York State. While Tony Schiano is the chain's CEO, he works from the company's Giant of Carlisle, Pa., offices; Henderson works in Tops' Amherst, NY, offices, and has become the face and voice of the company.

That isn’t an easy job. Not only has Tops had to deal with the corporate accounting scandals that have plagued parent company Ahold, but it also has had to deal with the uncertainties that have come with having some of its operational functions moved to Carlisle. This has raised questions about whether Tops can maintain its local identity, questions that Henderson seems determined to put to rest.

"I'm here and I hope people realize we are still a locally operated company," Henderson tells Business First. "Decisions are being made here in Amherst." And, he says, "There is absolutely no intentions to changing banner from Tops to Giant, let me put that to rest."

Henderson also says there currently are no plans to sell off the company's Wilson Farms c-store business.
KC's View:
Rumors about Tops' future come across our laptop with regularity, but it sounds like - for the moment, at least - Ahold may be giving Tops room to regain its footing after a tough year.