Manchester Market Basket workers hope solution near as shelves empty
A sign explains why produce is missing from shelves at Market Basket on Elm Street in Manchester on Thursday. (MICHAEL COUSINEAU/UNION LEADER)
“It’s not nice to come in to work and there’s nobody,” Belanger said. “We want our customers back.”
Market Basket employees from around New England plan another large rally Friday in Tewksbury, Mass., before the company’s board meets in Boston later that day.
Workers are urging customers to boycott the stores until Arthur T. Demoulas is returned to power after he was ousted in a family dispute.
“The Arthur T. Demoulas side of the family has made an offer to buy the 50.5% of shares in Demoulas Market Basket Supermarkets we do not own,” the statement said. “We believe that our offer is a very full and fair one and should meet or exceed a seller’s expectations of the value of the company.”
Many dry-good items, including toilet paper, pasta, cereal and soda remained for sale.
He said business Wednesday was down probably 70 percent.
“Today, it’s probably going to be worse,” Gulezian said, noting some people aren’t aware of the company dispute or have no cars and must shop at the downtown store.
Gulezian said the store hadn’t received shipments of produce and meat for a week. Some meat on sale Thursday came from store coolers.
“It’s annoying,” she said. “Can’t find anything.”
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