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Jul 23, 2014 10:30 PM

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

Because I do a big grocery trip only once a month, and have a lot of staples on hand, I have not been affected by the MB job action.
I was wondering if other chain supermarkets are having trouble keeping their stores stocked, with MB shoppers being diverted to other places.

It's probably a boon for the farmers' markets, too.

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  1. Hi Grey,

    I had to pick up a couple of things at Stop & Shop in Stoneham yesterday. It was nearly packed when I went in at 7pm and I asked at the checkout if they noticed any difference in the number of people shopping there since the whole MB fiasco. She said "yes, it's been a madhouse".
    But, the shelves were full and I had no trouble finding the items I wanted. As a matter of fact, my Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal was on sale 2 for $6 dollars and my Quaker Oats Rice cakes were 2.19 cents each, which I usually pay 2 for $4 dollars at MB. So it only cost me .38 cents more for having to go to S&S. I buy the rest of my things at Trader Joe's or Calaresso's though. And I agree, I bet most places are seeing more customers because of MB's troubles.

    1. I usually stop by MB for small stuff and can wait till this drama is over. I'm not going to patronize, excuse me get robbed, S&S, Shaw's or Star, Wegman's et al. MB has the best all round, sale or regular, prices.

      1. I was wondering the same thing, we've been using up pantry, freezer and whats growing in our back yard, BUT today I need to hit up a local spot, Crosby's market which is usually quiet at all times, I'll see what today is like. I do miss my MB

        1. Why would the food inventories change? The consumption should not change much, and presumably the supply is the constant. The only difference would be the amount offloaded at each store.

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          1. re: Bigjim68

            I thought i saw on the news a couple days ago that people aren't working in the warehouses and that suppliers are stuck with their produce. They're was some guy talking about how he was still picking his summer squash, but didn't know what to do with it.

            1. re: viperlush

              Still, unless people change their eating habits, the market consumption should remain constant. What market share is lost by one store should be picked up by another.

              Maybe the squash guy should pick up the phone and look for the store that is picking up the slack.

              1. re: Bigjim68

                In an ideal world a market is a fluid frictionless thing... in the real world, not quite so much.

                  1. re: Kris in Beijing

                    Perhaps, but if he does, then no problem. MB would be on the hook for the terms of the contract.

              2. re: Bigjim68

                And if the other chains did not correctly guess how many additional shoppers would come to their stores, they might sell out of inventory of various products.

                I'll be distributing the Cape Ann CSF fish at Calareso's today from 4-6 (hurray, bluefish!). It has not been a busy place that time of day but I won't be surprised if there's more than the usual volume today.

              3. I went to the CHelmsford Stop and shop yesterday (after trying out the MB across the street for a couple of our fave items, walked out empty handed)couple observations: it was packed but since I'm not a regular, not sure if that was uncommon or not for 3pm on a tuesday. they were out of loyalty cards but gave the discounts anyway. Talked to my cashier who was brought in from another store to help.(so I guess the crowd question is anwered)Tried my hardest to stick with sale items but did some spot checking on price, one of my go to items, log of Mozzarella, 3.99 at MB, 8.49 at S&S.(this was the most outrageous!)Parmasiano reggiano, 12.99 at MB, 17.99/lb at S&S . breads were all 4$ or more but some were bogo, produce not looking particularly good but large variety

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                1. re: momoftwo

                  Welcome to S&S, a total rip off.

                  1. re: treb

                    hate it but I was desperate. hiopefully this thing will be resolved and I can return to MB