Braymiller Market – not Tops – headed for Buffalo in 201 Ellicott project
Tops Markets won’t be coming to downtown Buffalo after all. But Hamburg produce market operator Braymiller Market will.
In a major change in plans for a major Ellicott Street project, the small Southtowns market known for selling fresh produce and specialty food items is replacing the Williamsville-based grocery chain as the anchor retailer for a new $50 million construction project planned for Ellicott Street.
Braymiller owner Stuart Green plans to open a new store and wholesale operation as part of Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s affordable housing development to be constructed between the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus station and the Central Library.
The new business – which will be owned and operated by Green, including its portion of the building – will provide “locally sourced” fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable goods to a customer base that will include both individuals and businesses, such as restaurants. It will also offer freshly made soups, salads, meals, baked items and sandwiches in its deli. Seasonal plants will also be available for purchase.
“It’ll be a destination that we’re trying to create downtown, just like Braymiller Market has been for 78 years out in Hamburg,” Green said. “We figure out