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Aug 27, 2014 08:06 PM

Market Basket

I really don't shop there often, but look forward to doing a short road trip and shopping there soon. We'll be visiting the Brockton branch.

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  1. I ready to go back, even if the prices rise a bit, it's still going to be a better value than S&S or Shaws/Star. Plus, I will support ATD and all the MB employee's. How could I forget all the savings I received over the past decades.

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    1. re: treb

      I agree and I do miss many of the products I can only find at MB. We'll see if Artie T. offers any good deals to the customers who immediately come back to the stores. I agree that prices will rise, no doubt. But I also think there should be some incentives to go back.

      1. re: marilu

        why should there be some added incentive for shoppers to return? 6 weeks of the employees remaining true to both arthur t. and principles wasn't enough to solidify your loyalty? an old-fashioned work-stoppage with an unprecedented result is enough for me.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Yep. There's already incentive to go back: the prices you like, the great staff, and the products you can only find at MB. What more do you think is due you?

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            "6 weeks of the employees remaining true to both arthur t. and principles wasn't enough to solidify your loyalty"

            The opposite for me as I feel the employees abandoned their customers and put the future of the business in jeapordy for their own self interests. Unpopular opinion for sure around here.

            Also, I didnt really find that I was spending that much more at Hanneford's - $20 /wk maybe and I enjoyed the extra hour each Sunday not driving to Burlington, searching for parking, and waiting in the check out line. Shopping experience was more relaxed as well as i always feel in the way of someone at MB. And ALL my produce actually made it through the whole week without having to throw anything out.

            For now I'm sticking with Hannefords and I'll reconsider shopping at MB when they open the Waltham location.

            1. re: LStaff

              $20 a week is about the increase I've been spending. That's about a grand a year. To me, that's significant. I was glad to support the employees and would have stayed away even if the stores were fully stocked.

              Even if prices have to rise to offset this outcome, I will still shop there. If these people didn't stand up for themselves, they would have been devoured or worn down to a nub. That's the world we're in now, particularly for blue collar people. Artie T creating a small alternate universe of a workplace is something many, myself included, admire.

              1. re: LStaff

                would arthur t. be back in charge if they behaved as you suggested? and would market basket be the same store?

                1. re: LStaff

                  not everybody has an extra $20 a week and that is exactly the demographic targeted by the original market basket mission statement.

                  it's remarkable to me that managers and hourly employers stood together and stood firm, without any kind of union to format a strategy -- truly a grass-roots movement.

                  it was arthur s. and his two transparently voracious ceo's who were about to abandon the customers for their own self-interests and short-term money-grubbing for shareholders.

                  over these last weeks i went to a couple of hannaford's, which were utter zoos and the produce shelves were shockingly bare. they clearly could not keep up with demand, although the cashiers were very pleasant.

                  we went to the fletcher st. mb tonight after returning from maine. the yogurt and butter sections were pretty bare, as were the meat case and the produce department. hand-printed posters were all over the store alongside professional signs from arthur t, thanking the staff and the customers.

                  we said "congratulations" to all the workers with whom we made eye contact. you could tell they were both thrilled and bursting with pride.

                  astonishing outcome.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    It must be a great company to work for...something we don't have enough of.

                    I can't think of any company I've ever worked for that was such a great place that I'd have risked my livelihood to stand up for a great boss.

              2. re: marilu

                Why? What incentives do you need to get honest food for an honest dollar? I actually expect that the prices will rise after the New Year, and will still shop there for the quality and variety.

                1. re: smtucker

                  I don't think you'll see any major change in pricing after the first of the year other than the 4% discount being offered on most items through the end of this year.

                  That 4% discount that Arthur T. implemented before he was ousted should help finance the buyout when it's added back to the revenue next year. That would have been brilliant thinking if that was his plan.

            2. I am so happy to have the market back. We have been getting by on the garden, freezer and lightly supplementing from the overpriced retailers in my area. Can't wait to stock up!!!

              1. I've never set foot in one, but have been watching the's a huge testament to Arthur T. that his employees and customers have been so loyal.

                The tragedy is the shredding of family bonds -- those won't heal for a long, long time, if ever.

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                1. re: sunshine842

                  they were already shredded long ago. that's in part why this happened.

                  1. re: Madrid

                    but this destroyed whatever might have been left, and spilled over to those who hadn't previously taken sides.

                    Still sad.

                  2. re: sunshine842

                    It's not really a tragedy if they dislike each other so much.

                    1. re: LeoLioness

                      I think A-T called it a Greek Tragedy

                      1. re: LeoLioness

                        it's a tragedy when any family becomes so irretrievably broken.

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          I disagree. Blood ties are overrated, imo. It's important to surround yourself with people you love and like (and equally healthy to avoid those who cause great emotional strife), regardless of their lineage to you.

                          1. re: LeoLioness

                            I'm sorry that the people to whom you related are not people you can love or like.

                            That's 100% sincere, by the way.

                            1. re: sunshine842

                              I'm not, so thanks, but 100% not necessary.

                      2. re: sunshine842

                        The employees read the writing on the wall. It is not as simple as they had great respect for Arthur T. It is that with the new regime, it was clear that things would change considerably in the not too distant future and have a huge negative impact on their livelihood. Trusting, admiring, and being loyal to Arthur T is only half the story. They were in a damned if you do and damned if you don't act now.

                      3. I'm looking forward to the completion of the new Waltham store in the upcoming 1265 Main complex! Check out the progress on this blog page...the inside of the store is almost ready for the cases...

                        1. I'll be back to my usual Somerville MB routine this weekend and can't wait. There was something wrong with waiting for the bus a block from MB to go to Shaws....

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                          1. re: LeoLioness

                            Do you know if Somerville MB will be open on Monday, Labor Day? I am eager to get your report on the supplies in that store over this weekend.