It is exactly six weeks of agonizing wait for Market Basket office workers before they could get back to work. The workers were of their job since the sale of the company to Arthur T. Demoulas was agreed to late in the evening on Aug. 27.As the word spread about the long awaited sale, not much time was wasted for getting the grocery chain alive and kicking.
The chain was almost finished after a boycott which left the stores devoid of consumers for more than a month. However it took just seven days to get the stores up and running as usual. Workers started placing orders the next morning following the sale.
The Labor Day weekend further complicated the proceedings since Market Basket depends on had workers off from Friday to Monday. The holiday complicated matters and a full 4 days was lost when the business started.
Market Basket workers worked right through the holiday weekend to make up for a lost summer. It was a harrowing time with one cataclysmic event after another. First, Demoulas and two longtime executives were fired. This served as a catalyst for seven more executives who also quit in protest. During the first days of the employee walkouts and boycott, the axe fell on another eight senior leaders.
The entire main office and warehouse was cleared out and temporary workers tried to fill some gaps. However they could hardy match the regular workers with institutional knowledge built after long years working with the organization.
The weekend will be devoted setting the inventory right in the 500,000 square-foot Tewksbury warehouse, Andover warehouse of equal size and slightly smaller one in Lawrence. Most workers who returned experienced difficulties tracing the wares since they were kept in different locations by the temporary workers who were hired as a temporary measure.