N.H. Market Basket Runs Out of Poultry, Offers Beer Instead

The manager at the Market Basket in Rindge, N.H., took an intoxicating approach this weekend to stocking the shelves.
The manager at the Market Basket in Rindge, N.H., took an intoxicating approach this weekend to stocking the shelves.
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Has it come to this? Bereft of many products, one Market Basket store in the Granite State has apparently found alternative supplies to place on its refrigerated shelves.

The ongoing employee revolt against the grocery store chain’s decision to oust its CEO has left the Rindge, N.H., store lacking in its poultry section, and its manager took it upon himself to find a unique way to stock those barren shelves.

With beer.

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Bill Dube, the store manager there, told Boston.com how he brewed up the innovative idea.

“We were out of chicken and the case was empty,” Dube simply said of his decision to place cases of beer where chicken is normally found in his store. “I was just trying to keep the store looking as good as possible as long as possible.”

Dube said his store first started feeling the effects of being undersupplied on Friday, when many company employees staged a rally demanding the reinstatement of now-former former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

“The fish case is just about nonexistent, too,” added Dube, though he did not say if there were plans offer beer in that section, as well.

Dube sounded a bit defeated when he said “Not that I’m giving up, but there’s really nothing else to put there.”

The Rindge Market Basket is legally allowed to sell beer at that location, just not hard alcohol, Dube said.

Redditor Jgryder was kind enough to let us repost the above photo from the Rindge store.

H/T Reddit