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For those who may have missed it, late last week, in a scenario right out of the last days of Toys “R” Us, some of Bon-Ton Stores’s suppliers reportedly scaled back shipments and asked to be paid sooner in order to protect themselves from potential losses in case the department-store chain unexpectedly filed for bankruptcy, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

The suppliers have insisted on getting paid with letters of credit or cash on delivery, which can be a drain on the company’s resources, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. The demands come just as the chain enters the key holiday-shopping season in the U.S. “We maintain constructive relationships with our vendors,” Christine Hojnacki, a spokeswoman for the York, Pennsylvania-based company, said in a statement. “Our team has been working closely with all of our vendors, large and small, as we build inventory ahead of the holiday season.”

Unlike Toys, however, Bon-Ton’s inevitable default has already been largely priced in, and the news of the supplier strike had a modest impact on Bon-Ton’s $350 million of 8% second-lien bonds due 2021 which dropped “ony” 2.5 cents to trade at 32.6 cents on the dollar Friday.

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