LANCASTER, N.Y. -- Tops Markets' new distribution center here, the subject of intense speculation by nearly all segments of the industry for well over a year, has begun accepting, sorting and shipping products. The facility, which opened this month, measures 867,000 square feet, and reportedly features 157 loading docks; seven rooms with precise climate controls for handling products such as floral, produce, meat and frozens; 75,000 pallet locations, and 37-foot-high ceilings. But it's the ...

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