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Federal judge gives Tops permission to close a number of stores

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB/WROC) - Tops has been given permission to close a number of their stores.

A federal bankruptcy judge gave the company the green light.

The western New York-headquartered grocery store chain filed for bankruptcy this past February.

They have roughly 170 stores in three states.

In the motion, corporate leaders wrote: "A few (Tops) stores have consistently underperformed. Historically, these underperforming stores, among other things, are subject to above-market rent, are in regions oversaturated with supermarkets, or are too large."

While the order allows Tops to close locations, it's not clear if the company will shut down any stores and how many could ultimately be impacted.

Tops has yet to name any stores that could potentially close. 

NewsChannel 9 and LocalSYR.com will provide updates as they become available. 

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