TOPS DEMANDS DEPOT ALLOWANCE

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tops Markets here has told vendors it intends to bill them an allowance of 10% on goods handled at the $65 million state-of-the-art distribution center it opened in September.The unusual demand, which the chain said is intended to pay some of the costs of the new cross-docking facility in upstate Lancaster, N.Y., has been met with a cold reaction at best from the manufacturing community,

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tops Markets here has told vendors it intends to bill them an allowance of 10% on goods handled at the $65 million state-of-the-art distribution center it opened in September.

The unusual demand, which the chain said is intended to pay some of the costs of the new cross-docking facility in upstate Lancaster, N.Y., has been met with a cold reaction at best from the manufacturing community, local observers and others familiar with the facility said.

Others said

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