As protests surrounding the firing of Market Basket’s former president continue for a third week, just two bids to buy the beleaguered super market chain have emerged: One from the ousted leader, Arthur T. Demoulas, and the other from a rival group of grocery stores.
Hannaford Bros. Co., which is based in Belgium, is looking to buy some or all of Market Basket’s 71 stores in New England, The Boston Globe reported. Hannaford operates more than 180 stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.
Longtime Market Basket loyalists forced to shop elsewhere — including Hannaford — complained at length about the chain’s higher prices. $1.97 for Powerade! $3.89 for a bag of donuts! And the feeling appears to be mutual, with Hannaford loyalists voicing their displeasure at having to share supermarket aisles with longtime Market Basket customers.
Based on these tweets, a cohesive Hannaford-meets-Market Basket type of establishment doesn’t seem to be such a good idea.
Please be advised some of the below tweets contain language that may be offensive to some.
Hannaford more like cantafford that shit expensive— Bancha no Mikoto (@Sw4ggyB) August 8, 2014
Just saw a guy in Hannaford with a pistol holstered on his hip. Assume he's a former Market Basket shopper.— Matt Bradley (@mjbradley85) August 5, 2014
Market Basket needs to get their shit together, I cannot afford this rich person Hannaford bull shit.— Chris King ? (@Spontaneous_9) August 5, 2014
Forced to go to Hannaford because of Market Basket debacle -_-— Jeff King (@j_king235) August 4, 2014
I hope market basket is back to normal by the time im moving in back to school Cant afford food shopping at hannaford #brokecollegestudent.— natalie (@nataliestylez) August 4, 2014
I can't wait for all of this Market Basket stuff to be resolved so that I can have my Hannaford back— Maren Roddy (@piperspipeline) August 3, 2014
Hannaford on 38 holy crap. Market Basket needs to get its sh*t together. #Lowell— madeinlowell Liz (@madeinlowell) August 3, 2014
Market Basket needs to start being a grocery store again so people stop going to Hannaford— Ross (@_MountainBed) August 3, 2014
Just spent a boatload of money at Hannaford. Can #MarketBasket just let Artie T buy them out already. Please!— Pam (@MoonlightReader) August 2, 2014
Market Basket needs to be back to normal again so Hannaford can go back to being the nice little store it was— Hannah Curley (@HannahCurley) August 2, 2014
Omg hannaford is a mess can't compete with the best supermarket of all time MARKETBASKET #mbstrong— Anthony Misserville (@Anthony_M7) August 2, 2014
Can someone just save market basket like damn hannaford is mad expensive 1.97 for a powerade— Colby (@Cbart_) July 24, 2014
Market Basket needs to get it's shit together because now my usual Hannaford is packed with MBers and they took all the apples— Shannon Wright (@shnnnwright) July 23, 2014
Fuck the market basket strike. I'm too poor for hannaford— Chloe Gaudissart (@ChloeGaudissart) July 21, 2014
And everything in them costs too much! of the things I buy that both stores have, 25-100% higher at Hannaford, rel 2 #MarketBasket— Joanie MacPhee (@JoanieGentian) August 7, 2014
really wish market basket would just let Demoulas buy the company so I can shop at Hannaford in peace— Meredith (@mereee_17) August 7, 2014
Only god knows how much I hated Hannaford— #FreePalestine (@MacawiisDroppa) August 6, 2014
Going to hannaford is equivalent to the mall at Christmas .. Just sit there waiting for a parking space #wtf— Alena Mcdowell (@alena_mcdowell) August 6, 2014
Some market basket shoppers who come to hannaford now are really rude. I understand you're upset, but being rude to me won't solve anything.— Jonny Allen (@jonnyallen94) August 6, 2014
Finally went grocery shopping and wanted to die, Hannaford is so expensive— Sarah Richardson (@sarahhswiftt) August 1, 2014
Hannaford sucks I just want marketbasket back— Alex Binette (@chiefbeef15) August 5, 2014
I hate shopping at hannaford— Patrick Gendron ?? (@patrickgendron) August 6, 2014
I told the cashier at Hannaford that I was going anorexic because I can't afford their prices #SaveMarketBasket— al (@alliemasson) August 7, 2014
If market basket turns into hannafords were all gunna need food stamps #dontgotnomoney— JE$$ ? (@jess_murphz) August 8, 2014
My mom about having to shop at Hannafords because of MB: "I'm not paying 4 bucks for prune juice I'll tell ya that right now"— erin (@erindhue) August 7, 2014
Never really considered hannafords an actual grocery store until now— Tyrel Wood (@TyrelWood8) August 7, 2014
Every second we spent in Hannafords my mom complained— Jessica Andrzejewski (@J_Andrzejewski) August 7, 2014
I hate shopping at hannafords I wanna shoot myself in the face— Johanna Danas (@greekdanish) August 5, 2014
MB brand pickles are like 146 times better than hannafords brand pickles— Jacqueline Balducci (@J4cquelin3) August 5, 2014
Absolutely despise shopping at hannafords— Jacqueline Balducci (@J4cquelin3) August 4, 2014
Can the whole market basket thing be over with I hate going to Hannafords— Nick Comeau (@comeaunick83) August 4, 2014
Hi welcome to Hannafords. I've had my fly down for half my shift. All these market basket shoppers are rubbing off on me. #suchclass— Kelly (@k3llyyxo) August 4, 2014
Grocery shopping in hannafords has to be the worst experience ever... So crowded, empty shelves, can't find things, and way too overpriced.— Adam Rekkbie (@abrekk96) August 3, 2014
All the bread in our house has gone bad only like 4 days after getting it, this is why we shop at MB and not hannafords— ?andrea? (@AndreaGinsburg) August 3, 2014
Shopping at hannafords shall be the death of me. Let's go market basket— Elba (@eperalta_) August 2, 2014
Like I don't wanna shop at hannafords either I don't even know how to spell hannafords!!!!!!!!!!— ?lexis (@lexasaurusx) August 2, 2014
The music at hannafords is gonna drive me insane— Zack Burrell (@BurrellZack) August 2, 2014
$4 for this at Hannafords, would have been $2 at Market Basket pic.twitter.com/G4Bx0F1lh6— Marisa? (@marisaaahhh) July 29, 2014
I wish mb would figure their shit out bc Hannafords doesn't have my special juice— Lydia B. (@_lydb) July 24, 2014
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