Customers and employees of Market Basket are once again filling the once-desolate stores just hours after ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas regained control of the company Wednesday night.
The board of directors signed the deal to sell Market Basket to Arthur T. for more than $1.5 billion.
Supporters of Arthur T. have been celebrating their victory, which comes after several months of protests and boycotts, leading to empty shelves and empty stores.
Customer Tina Mélange said, “We were all high-fiving in there, laughing and congratulating everybody. We’ve got the biggest smiles on our faces.”
She said that not shopping at Market Basket out of protest and support for the past two months has hurt her wallet. She said that prices were much higher at other stores compared to Market Basket.
Upon word of a deal being signed to put an end to the Market Basket sage, customers like Mélange came to fill up their cars full of groceries.
One customer has been coming by the Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Market Basket twice a day, honking her horn in support.
She said, “We’re having an ‘Artie’ party this afternoon. We have cupcakes and party cake ice cream.”
The bakery at the Tewksbury has been pumping out special cupcakes that read, “Market Basket Strong.”
Of course, the other side of this war was waged by the employees, many of whom are returning to work, excited to see their customers.
One employee said, “We’re still waiting on some product in certain departments, but hopefully we can get the customers back as soon as possible.”