So, they got their leader back. Now Market Basket workers just have to rebuild the company.
With a deal for Arthur T. Demoulas and his family to buy out the company signed, the process to pick Market Basket up off the ground got underway quickly Thursday.
Warehouse employees and store managers began working overnight. Delivery trucks began rolling out early Thursday, and stores began accepting them. Office workers have returned to their positions. And part-time workers, whose hours were cut to zero earlier this summer, are being summoned back to work. Those factors alone represent a big swing from the past six weeks of organized inactivity at the company.
One Market Basket manager told Boston.com sales at his store on Thursday were about four times their figure during the worker action and boycott. They still were not close to normal numbers, the manager said, noting that produce and some other perishable items are yet to be fully restocked. He said he was optimistic about sales increasing further over the weekend.
Market Basket has been losing millions of dollars day after day for nearly six weeks, as employees intent on forcing Arthur T.’s return shut down operations and encouraged the customer boycott. Recovering from that doesn’t figure to be an easy task, but employees have been eager to take on the challenge. Arthur T. said it could take two weeks or so to get operations back up to speed, according to NECN.
“Lot of work, but everything (is) going smoothly,” Tom Trainor told Boston.com around mid-day Thursday.
Trainor is one of the eight management-level workers who was sacked in July for organizing employee demonstrations. He, along with Arthur T. and the rest of his leadership team, is back with the company and will work to stabilize it while the deal is finalized.
Office workers experienced some issues upon returning to their jobs, such as misplaced paperwork and trouble logging on to their computers, according to The Boston Globe.
With a resolution having arrived, customers are heading back to the stores.
“Oh my God, I’m so happy,” a customer told The Lowell Sun after becoming the first shopper of the day at one store, just after 7 a.m.
“These young fellows here treat me with respect,” 84-year-old Mae Mcavoy told the Globe. “When I come in, they say, ‘good to see you momma!’ That means everything.”
The deal for Arthur T. to buy the chain from rival family members, including his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, was agreed to Wednesday. Arthur T. addressed workers shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, marking his first public, spoken comments since his June firing as Market Basket’s CEO. Next
Scenes from the Somerville Market Basket
Scenes from the Somerville Market Basket Thursday morning.
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