TEWKSBURY (CBS) – With a deal reached in the Market Basket showdown, Arthur T. Demoulas said the supermarket chain hopes to be back to business as usual in about a week.
Demoulas visited the Market Basket warehouse in Tewksbury after speaking to a crowd of supporters Thursday morning. He struck a deal to buy the company and return as CEO on Wednesday night after a six week employee revolt.
Employees returned to work while customers flooded Market Basket stores on Thursday. Demoulas said it will take “seven-to ten days” for Market Basket stores to be up to full speed, but said the chain will “absolutely” be able to maintain it’s low prices.
“The challenge is to get these stores up and running and get the stores right back in shape and just doing what we all love to do and do it the best way we know how,” said Demoulas.
“We’ll all be busy, and it’s good to be back at work. Believe me.”
Expansion plans in Waltham, Revere, Attleboro, and Littleton remain in the works as they had before the shutdown, according to Demoulas.
“We’ll get all those back on track and we’ll get to them as soon as we get up and running. That’ll be an exciting thing and good growth opportunities for people in the organization,” Demoulas said.
After the lengthy stalemate, Demoulas said it is a “great reunion” to be back at work.
Plenty of work remains to get stores fully stocked, though Demoulas said he is confident his employees will be able to get the job done quickly.
“It’s in good hands here. These people are all well-experienced and they know their jobs very well and they do it with a lot of passion,” said Demoulas.
“In this company here it takes everybody to do their job with that passion and that enthusiasm to make sure we deliver the right product for the customer and the right shopping experience. This team knows how to do it very, very well.”
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