BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets is finally standing on its own two feet again, but it won't be wandering too far. The 71-store chain here recently completed decoupling from its former owner Ahold, where it was run as a part of Ahold's Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant banner. Having spent more than a year developing its own merchandising, financial and marketing functions at its headquarters here, Tops is now looking to capitalize on the advantages of local control. “It took a little bit ...

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