The renovation would add new equipment, such as new forklifts, power jacks and door seals, and would help upgrade and modernize the facility. The warehouse would also get updated, energy efficient LED lighting.
The renovation would make it possible for Tops to carry more natural, specialty and organic items, which are in higher demand among consumers. It would also enable the company to keep an inventory of generic pharmaceuticals on hand, instead of ordering them on an as-needed basis, which it does now.
"The distribution process is an important part of what we do," said
Tops hopes to begin renovations by mid to late summer.
The 1-million-square-foot distribution warehouse was built in 1996. In 2002, Tops sold the facility to its supplier, the
Last year, Tops and C&S entered into an agreement that kept their supply relationship unchanged, but brought what had been C&S employees at the warehouse under employment with Tops. The facility employs about 700 people.
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