Market Basket: Waiting for a deal to be finalized for Arthur T to buy controlling stake
Dozens more egg cartons remained on store shelves with red stickers offering half-off prices.
Despite optimism expressed by the governors of New Hampshire and Massachusetts last Friday, the supermarket chain has announced no deal for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to buy a controlling stake in the company. A board meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday was called off, according to a Market Basket spokesperson.
But with no word, “everyone’s on edge,” he said of the store workers.
“People are just scared; people are worried,” he said. “The best thing about this job was the job security and now, it’s not there.”
In Portsmouth, more than 350 part-time workers remain without their jobs.
Across town at the Market Basket on Lafayette Road, assistant manager Michael Desmond said he hadn’t had any of the 147 part-timers at his store return either.
Both store managers used the same word when asked what the days were like at their eerily empty stores.
Tyler White, head clerk at the Lafayette Road store, said tasks had been done and done again as the employee-supported customer boycott continued.
In Bedford, Bielecki said an announced deal wouldn’t see all the store’s former customers return immediately.
“I don’t think we’d get 100 percent back right away,” he said. “It’ll take some time.”
Customer Koreen Grieco said she stayed away from the Bedford store for about four weeks, but her food budget “was blown by a couple hundred dollars” during that span.
“I feel so guilty coming through the door,” she said.
Fran Raudonis of Francestown called the egg price cut “awesome,” figuring her family will devour the eggs in about a day.
“It’s gone on too long,” she said.