Customers staged a large rally outside a Market Basket store in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, voicing their support for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas Saturday.
Days after Gov. Deval Patrick said a deal was close and urged employees to return to work, former patrons of the supermarket chain held signs bearing messages like "We are the customer - we quit."
Those rallying Saturday showed that they will stand with the employees and Artie T.
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"If they're willing to do it, I'm willing to stand by them," said customer Janet Tremblay. "This is their choice. They're making this choice for a reason."
"The customers - they want Arthur T. back, too," said Assistant Manager Kevin Levesque. "They want their price, their family, they want everything back."
CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch imposed a deadline for 200 employees to return to work Friday or risk being fired.
As associates rallied while allowing that deadline to pass, a man was charged with disorderly conduct and assault after police say he went after protesters with a hammer.