After Wegmans pulled out of its Pond Street location last year, the
community outcry made it seem like a really bad idea. Enter
Buffalo-based Tops Friendly Markets, armed with a
payment-in-lieu-of-taxes deal from the city of Syracuse. They spent $1.5
million to renovate the structure into a full-service grocery store,
calling it North Side Tops Market. The 28,000-square-foot store opened
to much North Side fanfare on Jan. 15. Pictured is Charlie Forrey,
restocking the produce section.