Hannaford Buying Market Basket Could be A Disaster of Epic Proportions

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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.

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Based on these tweets, a cohesive Hannaford-meets-Market Basket type of establishment doesn’t seem to be such a good idea.

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