Waiting game costs Market Basket millions
Andrew Masson of Boscawen, left, and Bill Hand of Danville prepare for a cookout Saturday outside Market Basket in Hooksett. The cookout is for workers, especially for part-timers being idled starting Sunday. (MICHAEL COUSINEAU/UNION LEADER)
Business was so slow that this store's sales were down nearly 98 percent - or almost $1.2 million for the week, according to Store Director Ray Castles.
Business was so slow that full-time worker Rachel Spada of Auburn clocked in for two hours Saturday morning, did what duties she could overseeing bread inventories and clocked out to join co-workers picketing outside the store. She will only get paid for those two hours worked.
"They'd be losing more (money) stocking ..., so it's not worth vendors coming in," said Spada, who held a sign with a Twitter hashtag, #SaveTheBreadGal.
Business was so slow that Saturday was the last day that part-timer Colette Sampson will report to work because store directors had to cut hours to better match payroll to sales. The approximate 20-hour-a-week worker applied for unemployment Friday and will mark her third year anniversary at Market Basket this week by not working a single hour.
Sampson has no savings and typically chips in with two others to share housing expenses.
She said she "lost a lot of money already" with her hours gradually getting cut in recent weeks and counted on working at Market Basket during the school year to help with college expenses.
Business was so slow that managers chipped in to throw a barbecue Saturday for the idled part-timers. (At the Hudson Market Basket, part-time workers planned to camp in the store parking lot Saturday night, calling it "Occupy Market Basket.")
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