"I've been coming here about 20 years."

Rochester neighborhood leaders, and customers, raised alarms over news that two Tops supermarkets in the city would be closing.

"I'll miss it," sighed Wanda Henderson, a customer at the Tops on Lake Avenue. "I've been coming here about 20 years."

On Thursday, Tops Markets announced it would be conducting an "orderly wind down" of its stores on Lake Avenue and North Winton Road in Rochester, as well as on Pittsford Palmyra Road in Perinton.

Seven more stores around the state were slated to be phased out as the company worked its way through Chapter 11 bankruptcy for which it applied in February.

Employees like Jameek Baker, a Customer Service Lead at the Lake Avenue location, were promised opportunities to move to some of the stores that would remain open.

"Hey, what can we do? We're going to close. Can't stop it," he shrugged, while admitting the news was not a big surprise. "I kind of knew the closing was coming because when I got hired, Tops filed bankruptcy. So I was like… 'eventually it's coming.' I was pretty ready for it."

Local leaders called the closings 'the end of a valuable low cost alternative for some shoppers.'

"That option is gone," declared Mary Coffey with the North Winton Village Association."People have a right to go and see where they can find things cheaper and that's what we had here."

But Rochester City Councilman Mitch Gruber, who also works with FoodLink, warned the loss would be especially harsh in lower-income communities.

"In this neighborhood, we're looking at a McDonald's." He said. "We're looking at a bunch of corner stores. It's very challenging to be able to eat fresh and healthy food, especially when you lose a store like Tops."

Tops officials estimate the closings could affect nearly 600 employees. The company plans to offer all of them the chance to work at remaining Tops stores.