.

Business

The official Patch Group covering local businesses and the economic and political conditions that effect them. Flag as Inappropriate

Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors. What's on your mind? What's on your mind? Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell something
Posts awaiting your approval 0
Thousands of supporters turned out for Monday morning's Market Basket rally in Tewksbury. Courtesy Photo
Michelle July 24, 2014 at 05:19 pm
Why hasn't Bedford Patch done a story on the Bedford Market Basket...whether they're gettingRead More deliveries, whether their staff is rallying, etc.? I keep looking here for local info, but am not finding it. Have I missed something?
Tony Schinella July 24, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Hi Michelle, thanks for the note. Right now, we're primarily putting together regional coverage ofRead More the Market Basket situation for the NH and Mass. Patch sites.
Shelves are bare in all Market Basket stores. Photo Credit: WHDH, 7-News.
Moudsie July 24, 2014 at 04:44 pm
You are so right--we just got back from another store--it was horrible--not as muchRead More selection--higher prices--no fresh seafood. I hope the fools who are money-hungry sell to Arthur T really quick.
Samantha Clattenburg July 24, 2014 at 08:15 pm
IDK if everyone remembers what Market Basket's reputation was when we were kids. Everyone I knewRead More called it Trash Basket, justifiably so because their stores were dirty and the meat and produce were lackluster to say the least. Family feud aside, and yes I know that Artie T. is on the side of the family that pulled some shady business in the previous generations, but the fact of the matter is, Market Basket continues to deliver quality products at a MUCH lower price than Hannaford and Shaw's, with cleaner stores these last couple decades. Basically, the other side of the family previously ran their stores equivalent to a slum lord who wants his rent but won't fix anything. There is really no saying whether or not they would even exist today, certainly doubtful to the degree of their current success if Artie T. had not cleaned up their act and given their employees excellent bonus and benefit incentive to run their stores like clockwork. And the people whom Artie S. hired to replace Artie T. just gutted the chains for which they were previously employed. So really, ask yourself which side of the family has the most ominous interest and what version of the story is most viable. Artie T. who is speculated to have created decades worth of loyalty from both employees and customers, only to create the conditions in which to tank the stores and buy the company, or Artie S. who is outright going to gut it? Which version of Market Basket do you want to see prevail?
joseph mcgruff July 25, 2014 at 12:23 am
Dupes, Good points and I agree somewhat. Yet, market share takes time and $$, things MB is workingRead More on with wild success unlike the 3 aforementioned stores...Hanny's has alot of stores because Maine doesn't, Maine needs em, good for Hanny's I guess..I could barely name 3 in the MV..and they bought up the Shop N Save & Victories of the world didn't they? In between flip flopping failing stores with Stop N Shop. Stop N Shop, started locally (cool) is unfortunately headed the way of it's baby bro IMO ..remember Bradlees? Besides trying to add Starbucks and having union workers (not a bad thing really) SNS is treading water at best. Did you really need to mention Shaw's? Do I still need a Shaw's card to get a non family size box of Cheerio's for $4.69? Shaw's has closed as many stores as MB has thriving (70+) and laid off 1600+ employees in the past 10 years = very not good. I am a MB cult member, I admit it...heck I was mad at MB when they didn't have the free coffee pots next to the bakeries at their new / renovated stores...I heard it was because people were bringing in their own 10+ oz. coffee cups...
The produce section at the Salem, Mass. Market Basket store is empty this week. Credit: Courtesy
R. Scott White July 24, 2014 at 01:54 pm
This week instead of going to MB I went to four places: Target, Cumberland Farms, Trader Joe's, andRead More Hannaford. That's what you have to do to find the lower prices that Market Basket offers all by itself. Wondering if it was worth the gas.
bbestnana July 24, 2014 at 04:26 pm
I would shop at Hannaford. I hate Shaw's and will not go there.
Beverly Boucher July 25, 2014 at 12:53 am
I miss my Market Basket so very much!! I will not go there until it's settled! I'm like inRead More mourning!!! I will have to break down and shop some where and that will have to be Hannaford's because I hate Shaw's!!!
An aerial view of Monday's Market Basket rally in Tewksbury. Photo Credit: Parker Harrington
Ski beach family July 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm
Our family will be supporting the employees and will boycott Market Basket until Arthur T and theRead More fired managers are reinstated. Hopefully more people will stand up to this corporate greed and join in boycott
steve forte July 23, 2014 at 06:16 am
I went there yesterday. I wasn't going to , then I thought about it and realized there are stillRead More folks working there who need to earn a living.
mark patterson July 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm
I have a plan. Why can't Arthur T. and some of his closest allies open their own stores? There is aRead More vacant bldg.in Redstone Plaza (Stoneham) that was formerly a Shaws. Start there and continue until the "Arthurs Market" puts artie s. and his crew out of business! Current employees would jump on-board by the hundreds! I know I would invest in a company with a leader like Arthur T.
Market Basket rally in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas at the company's headquarters in Tewksbury on Friday. Credit: Christa A. Lamb
Apljak July 21, 2014 at 06:21 pm
Way to be vague Maggie! Feign support by saying to "work it out" with loyal employees butRead More never mentions the reinstatement of ATD!
Seamus Carty July 21, 2014 at 06:49 pm
Maggie, the CEO does not work for the employees. It is the responsibility of the board ofRead More directors, elected by the shareholders, to decide who should be CEO. Does management get to decide who heads up the union?
Michele Provenzano July 21, 2014 at 07:25 pm
Standing behind the employees on this one!!
Market Basket rally in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas at the company's headquarters in Tewksbury on Friday. Credit: Christa A. Lamb
goofygirl578 July 22, 2014 at 04:28 pm
The National Labor Relations Board will have something to say about the firings at Market Basket.Read More The new "owners" will not win. There are laws out there to protect workers in these situations, thank heavens!
Rick July 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm
Numerous "business" reporters are predicting that MB will be sold to some "hedgeRead More fund", who could care less about the customers or the employees. The hedge investors will milk it the business for all they can and then sell a few locations and close all the others. This is the Bain Capital model. You know, Bain Capital of Mitt Romney fame.
Tewksbury2001 July 23, 2014 at 06:05 am
@Rick- I think they need all the shareholders to approve that sale and I don't see that happening. IRead More think Artie S underestimated the impact of this, however he obviously knew enough to not name himself CEO but rather two outsiders that can take the media hit on this. If I were the two CEO's I would resign. They can't recover from this. Perhaps Artie T should have just put in a recurring dividend payment to shareholders to provide them with some liquidity and maybe that would have kept. them happy and he could continue to run the business.
Market Basket rally in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas at the company's headquarters in Tewksbury on Friday. Credit: Christa A. Lamb
Ed B July 24, 2014 at 02:51 pm
So then Donna you go to work tomorrow and you have a new boss. Your old boss treated you likeRead More family. You think your new boss is going to do things you don't like. You think that it is OK to just walk out and refuse to do your job? So lets say Arthur T does buy MB like the the rumors that are floating around. God forbid something happens to him. Someone else take over the reins. The employees don't like that person it is OK for them to walk out? Personally I think the employees who won't go to work for anyone but Arthur T should be given the option to either return to work by Monday or you will be fired. You say that he was helping those on a fixed income. Who is hurting the most from what they are doing? People on a fixed income. So I will say it again. It's time they put there big boy pants on and go back to work. You have stomped your feet enough.......
Richard Smith July 24, 2014 at 03:14 pm
The problem with this disputed being a protracted one, the corporates have time to figure out whereRead More to punch holes in the grass roots organization. This is why we are starting to see more people posting in favor of the big shots responsible for the power grab. The corporate hired firms have figured it out and the assault is on.
Donna Wilson July 24, 2014 at 05:50 pm
Ed B - how simplistic of you. That's not the case here and you know it. Tell me, do you work for theRead More O'Neill agency? You can put whatever "spin" on it you want but yes, I hope that I would have the guts to do what these people are doing. They are standing up and showing loyalty to a man who has treated them with fairness, kindness and ultimately, respect. None of which has been displayed by Arthur S and his goons for hire. Arthur T has helped the people in this community for many years by keeping prices low, hiring the community's youth, and letting youth groups fundraise at his stores. So yes, I support him. So does this community. It might hurt us for a period of time but this is nothing compared to what he's done for us. So why don't you pull up your diapers and waddle back to whence you came. The big boys will be loud and proud with their support for Arthur T. Cause that's what "real men" do. Stand up for their beliefs.
Holes where produce should be in this New Hampshire Market Basket. Photo Credit: Tony Schinella
Joe L July 21, 2014 at 03:09 pm
William, Nothing has changed...yet Most are expecting the prices to go up and the wages of workersRead More to go down. Most don't want to wait until the changes are made because most feel once the changes are implemented nothing can be done to reverse them.
William Duffy July 21, 2014 at 05:15 pm
OK Joe L, and maybe the Red Sox will win the World Series but I wouldn't order the Duck Boats yet.Read More I will wait until it happens. Just like prices and wages at MB, I can't control the Red Sox either. Wait until it happens. We don't need anymore 96% shutdowns.
Joe Beckmann July 22, 2014 at 06:59 am
And, William, that's exactly what happened on too many things you're already over-paying for.
Market Basket rally in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas at the company's headquarters in Tewksbury on Friday. Credit: Christa A. Lamb
Brian Winter July 20, 2014 at 08:14 pm
Christian Noel does not know Arthur T DeMoulas, no boss gets this kind of respect from employees forRead More no reason.
Faye Deault July 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm
Arthur T, step aside, like a true businessman would.
"the eyes of T-Bury" July 21, 2014 at 03:25 pm
The only way we can win this fight is if each and every one of you boycott our stores!!! Don't feedRead More the greed!
The Market Basket store on Highland Avenue in Salem, Mass. one of the company's 71 stores. Credit: Patch file photo
Timothy Camire July 18, 2014 at 03:27 am
As a lifetime retail employee and market basket consumer, I'd be VERY interested in what MarketRead More Basket employees would like ME to do in sympathy for this effort at this point. I doubt the mainstream media has the balls to report it, however. Bring it on! From following this story both store employees and customers have something to gain from Arthur Ts reinstatement.
Old Pizza July 18, 2014 at 06:47 am
Nothing like confrontational words from the new board members to aggravate an already tenseRead More situation. Gooch ruined Radio Shack and he's off to a good start here on his way to a second disaster. I hope every employee, at every location, at every level, walks off the job and stays off until Artie is reinstated. Hit these greedy fools where it hurts - in the wallet.
Buckaroo Banzai July 18, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Market Basket is nothing without its people.
The Market Basket store on Highland Avenue in Salem, Mass. Credit: Patch file photo
Deborah July 17, 2014 at 04:20 pm
The revenge seeking ASD would like nothing better than to sell the store off in parts...the problemRead More ATD has 49% of the shares.
Old Pizza July 17, 2014 at 05:14 pm
Let's hope he can somehow wrangle 2 more percent!
Old Pizza July 18, 2014 at 08:31 am
A confrontational, threatening letter from the new CEOs shows everyone just how employee andRead More customer focused these two are. Gooch ruined Radio Shack and he's on the path to drive Market Basket down the drain. I sincerely hope every employee, at every level, in every location walks off the job and stays off until Arthur T. is reinstated and Gooch is sent packing. The only way to get the message through to this greedy board is to hit them where it hurts the most - in their wallets.
Red Lobster's Admiral's Feast is one of the saltiest restaurant meals in America, with 2.5 teaspoons of salt (5,830 mg sodium). Credit: Center for Science in the Public Interest
Old Pizza July 2, 2014 at 11:25 am
If the industry does it, that's fine. When the government dictates it, that's not fine.
Ralph jacobs July 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm
Simple solution: Don't eat this food!, it's horrible what it does to your body!
cardiclash July 2, 2014 at 02:08 pm
If you dont like the sodium/fat/ calorie content in foods then don't eat them. It is totally yourRead More choice. People should also abstain from smoking nasty cigarettes as they cause an array of severe health concerns. What they do to your body is just as bad as crappy food!
Market Basket. Credit: Patch
Angela Cheries June 25, 2014 at 07:22 am
please don't change a thing...prices are good... selection is good. I do shop at Shaw though forRead More there Organic selection, but I have always preferred Market Basket they have a better organic meat selection.
Old Pizza June 28, 2014 at 09:15 am
I've shopped at Market Basket for 50 years. They have a better selection, better variety, and theRead More other stores can't tough their prices. I doubt you'll see much of anything change. MB is the most successful regional chain in the country and to mess with that would be suicide.
Edward Frotten July 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm
cant wait till Kroger's buys out market basket-and then you'll see a real saving at the check -outRead More lines!
Whole Foods Market
Brian Utterback June 20, 2014 at 08:10 am
Did you know that Whole Foods actually has basically the same prices for the same items that yourRead More local supermarket has? Their low end items are the same as other supermarkets and their prices for those are competitive with other chains. The difference is that the other brands they carry are high end brands and Organic brands, which makes their average prices much higher. Their prices for those higher brands are competitive with other outlets as well. There is clearly a demand for those brands which is why Whole Foods does so well. Obviously not as much a demand as for regular brands, which is why there is only one Whole Foods every couple of cities rather than one every couple of blocks.
Debra Levesque Sottile July 5, 2014 at 04:26 pm
Can't wait. It is important to us to buy, cook and eat healthy food - even if it costs more. OrganicRead More produce and meats are not only better for your health, they also taste better.
Mike black July 5, 2014 at 06:31 pm
How have people who 'can't wait' survived until now ?
Photo credit: Patch file photo.
J. Walter Swartz June 11, 2014 at 10:56 am
I wish we had a Krispy Kreme in Woodbridge.
Donna Westbrook July 6, 2014 at 11:21 am
I like DD coffee. I don't buy it often but when I do I really enjoy it. It is not their fault aboutRead More the crops. I will still buy their coffee, I love their coffee!
Frank Mulligan July 7, 2014 at 06:44 pm
I love DD coffee. The price goes up. I boycott. I can make my OWN. The price's are to HIGH NOW. BeRead More wise MAKE your OWN.
Patch file photo.
MillicentBroderick June 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm
@will. Unfortunate coincidence
Carl W June 6, 2014 at 01:03 pm
Do we know that the real spelling is d-o-u-g-h-n-u-t-s ? "Doughnuts!!" Nonetheless, weRead More love'em anyway.
Carole Soule June 7, 2014 at 08:16 am
While I love DD coffee I was hard pressed to choose a free doughnut. The one I did choose made meRead More gag. Cider donuts, made by Chichester Country Store, are the answer.
Credit: Justin Calabrese
Wzzzrd June 4, 2014 at 03:04 pm
Every hear of amazon.com? Caldor's wouldn't stand a chance online. Sentimentality does not aRead More business plan make.
Bob Tosi Jr. June 4, 2014 at 09:14 pm
Stores like Caldor, Zayre and Bradlees (where I worked in HS) provided lower cost options forRead More families to make ends meet. On line not the same as other retail stores have filled in for this need.
JohnnyMass June 5, 2014 at 08:10 am
Let's bring back Service Merchandise, Ann & Hope, and Lechmere Sales, too! We need more minimumRead More wage jobs without health insurance coverage.
Whole Foods Market photo.
Celia Brown June 2, 2014 at 09:34 pm
Great! AWESOME!!!! no tattoo parlor, no dunkin deernuts, good to have Whole Foods in Windh**... ohRead More sh** it's going in Nashua. Oh well
aleraike June 3, 2014 at 09:24 am
Hopefully more stores will follow along with Trader Joe's and Wegman's.
Kacey Lynn June 3, 2014 at 07:10 pm
Concord would have been a far better choice for so many reasons. Jus sayin...
Craft Beer. Patch file photo.
Carla May 30, 2014 at 06:58 am
I get it... folks from MA come here to purchase too. Right on the MA line. So I also take thatRead More into consideration. It's all relative. ... my relatives are just drunks!! LOL
Sayona May 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm
No Marc has it right- sales should not determine consumption stats- when I lived in MA, evenRead More NY---always would do the trip to NH to load up. Those who smoked did the same thing for cigs. For all the number crunchers really know, everyone in New Hampshire could be all Carry Nations running around with axes, trying to stop those crazed Rhode Islanders from road tripping through our state.
Jim May 30, 2014 at 08:16 pm
So the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse pretty much doesn't know what their data really is allRead More about. 'Nuf said.
Happy.
Andie May 21, 2014 at 07:48 am
Oh Pleasee. Back when we grew up this would of never been a big deal. Now it's news?? No wonder weRead More have so many sensitive kids these days. Parents being outraged over a box with teeth. Let the kids decide if they like it. I bet their opinions are different. Stop telling them that it's scary and they won't think so.
mAggressor May 21, 2014 at 09:08 am
Looks like a front-loading washing machine.
paul May 21, 2014 at 10:39 am
I wonder how SpongeBob feels about this?
Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee.
Sam Brooklyn May 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Does anyone know which are the participating DD's in the Seacoast?
David Horn May 21, 2014 at 10:47 am
Boycott Dunkin' Donuts this Wednesday! I wouldn't give a nickel to Boston's Children's Hospital orRead More any of its affiliates. Shame on Dunkin' Donuts for raising money on their behalf. Two words, Justina Pelletier! The 15-year-old (now 16-year-old) girl who was kidnapped from her loving parents arms to serve as a guinea pig for research ongoing at BCH in the area of somatoform disorder, a condition that she doesn't have!!! Held by the Nazis at DCF for over a year, allowed only one hour supervised visits once per week with her parents, because a doctor at BCH disagreed with her primary physician at Tufts medical who said she has mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder which by the way her sister already has. She was being treated for mitochondrial disease and was doing well. Since being in the states care her health has deteriorated because she's no longer allowed access to the drugs that save her life. This six-month out of residency doctor decided it was all in her head which is basically what somatoform disorder is (you think you are sick so you make yourself sick). Some believe that this has been ongoing with many children for some time as there are several doctors performing their dissertation on, wait for it... somatoform disorder they are working at, wait for it... Boston Children's Hospital. She was finally released to her home state of Connecticut last week. Still hasn't been returned to her parents. hopefully that will happen soon now that she is back in Connecticut where she belongs. Don't believe me, look this case up. Google, Justina Pelletier. I hope Boston Children's Hospital is sued, close their doors and never ever is allowed to treat children again!!!
Wicked Strong. Courtesy: brisnet.com.
deb of see-attleboro May 2, 2014 at 03:02 pm
I have found my odds are much better to help those in need if I write my checks directly to charity.
J. Parker May 3, 2014 at 03:00 pm
Never can tell....But it would be nice. However, putting a couple of dollars on him won't hurtRead More anyone's pocketbook and WILL help the injured.
See more »