Market Basket shelves take hit as employees at distribution office walk out
In the wake of employees at the supermarket chain's distribution office walking out on their jobs in protest over the firing of revered former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, that case instead held dozens of bottles of water on Saturday.
That pride took a hit last month, when Demoulas was ousted by the company's board of directors after years of infighting among the Demoulas family, including Demoulas' cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, who gained control of the board of directors. The walkout by headquarters and distribution employees has one goal: to force the board to reinstate Arthur T. Demoulas, whose likeness and the phrase "I believe" has been reproduced on posters that hang throughout the chain's 72 stores.
About 1,000 company managers, employees and supporters rallied Friday at the grocery chain's headquarters in Tewksbury, Mass., where warehouse staff and truck drivers have threatened to stop deliveries until Demoulas is reinstated.
Mackin said that one possible solution might be for Demoulas and the workers to break away from the Market Basket chain and launch their own company.
"This is courage like I have never seen," he said.
Here's how the situation looked Saturday at a variety of New Hampshire stores.
Lettuce, cat litter, fresh fish, blueberries and those red, plastic Solo cups were among many items also either out or emptying fast.
"We pride ourselves on our appearance," manager Gulezian said as he passed by the drinks aisle, where Gatorade was running low. "This is not us."
"Those will be gone by tomorrow," he said. To make up for the lack of fresh fish, employees took frozen fish, thawed it and sold it as "previously frozen."
The support for Arthur T. Demoulas was clear, as photos of him were placed outside and inside. Store director Gene Crochetiere, a 38-year veteran of the company, and several other employees were also wearing buttons with a photo of Demoulas.