Market Basket: 'So close, yet so far'
“I play soccer inside,” the longtime customer said in the empty store. “Nobody to see.”
Assistant Store Director Scott Burke said, unlike some other stores, managers there have not called about 265 idled part-timers to check on their availability if a solution is reached soon.
His store received a delivery of 2,100 items, including cereal, juice and oil, on Saturday, two days earlier than expected, but less than a third of the 7,000 pieces ordered.
As for waiting for a final deal to be announced, Burke said: “We’re just waiting.”
He expects staffing will ramp up immediately “because customers will be back.”
On Monday morning, the store contained more workers than customers, with Register 13 the lone one open.
A person could buy silk flower arrangements but no fresh flowers. The bakery aisle contained hot dog rolls but no hamburger buns — or beef to put in the burger buns. But beer, ice cream and cereal remained for sale.
“A lot of people spend a lot more on their food right now,” he said.