Photo courtesy Tops Friendly Markets; graphic by Ashley Nickle.

Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops Friendly Markets has promoted store manager Andrew Richard to produce and floral specialist for the retailer’s eastern region.

Richard will be responsible for the Finger Lakes, Syracuse West and Southern Tier districts for Tops, overseeing operations and merchandising in produce and floral for the stores in those areas, according to a news release. Richard has been with Tops since 2000, when he started with the company as an assistant produce manager.

Over his years with the retailer, Richard has held positions including produce manager, non-perishable operations manager, assistant store manager and store manager.

The Tops produce team is led by director of produce and floral Jeff Cady, who is also the chairman of the retail-foodservice board of the United Fresh Produce Association.

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