Vendors Pleased With Artie T. Returning to Market Basket

Boston Sword & Tuna was one of the most local vendors during the boycott

Missing in action from the Market Basket stores during the six week long boycott, along with legions of customers and employees, has been the daily catch.

"We asked him what he needed, he gave us 16 stores (to deliver to) and we were off and running," said Boston Sword & Tuna President Michael Scola.

Fresh swordfish and tuna came from Georges Bank to the Boston Sword & Tuna warehouse and directly to Market Basket stores for the first time in weeks on Day One of a new era with a familiar face.

"All I can say is, it's great to be back together again," Arthur T. Demoulas said.

The people of Market Basket made a single demand in July, and Demoulas took the podium at company headquarters in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, on Thursday, firmly in charge and greeted his admirers, his workers and the public.

"I guarantee you this company will be back, strong as ever," Demoulas said.

Arthur T. Demoulas's reinstatement as eventual CEO of the supermarket chain brought tears and cheers of joy and weeks of pent up celebration and work to be done, and while it'll take some time to get everything back as it was at the 71 locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, there's no disputing that fractured relationships are on the mend.

Boston Sword & Tuna was one of the most vocal vendors, having threatened legal action for not getting paid by the previous management, and then says it was twice overpaid, by nearly half a million dollars.

The fish company's president is confident Arthur T. back in charge will make all the difference.

Although the deal is done, it's just not totally done. NECN Business editor Peter Howe compared it to the sale of your home, albeit a $3 billion castle: The purchase and sale are signed, but the closing hasn't happened yet.  

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