Following a call from Market Basket’s corporate leadership to take down signs asking customers to boycott stores last week, Westford’s two Market Baskets have responded by keeping the signs in place.
If anything, there were more calls asking customers to boycott Market Basket on Littleton Road and Cornerstone Square on Monday, as protesting employees continued their vigil outside the store.
Mike Burd, a deli manager at the Littleton Road store, says that despite general support from customers, a reminder is needed to help keep loyal customers away since they are getting sick of shopping elsewhere.
“I think certain people stayed away and were supportive, but we have people so supportive that they don’t want to go anywhere else,” said Burd. “It’s an inconvenience, and there are a few people who are even angry at us, but most are supportive.”
The same situation can be found at the Cornerstone Square store. There, manager David Daigle says there’s a plan in place to take down the signs.
“We’re ready to take them down once Artie T. comes back,” he said, noting most of the responses from oncoming motorists has been positive, like at the Littleton Road store.
While business at both stores has slowed to almost a standstill, Burd finds that one of the biggest issues is rumors reported in the general media, causing confusion among sympathetic customers, employees and others he talks to.
“There are a lot of conflicting reports out there,” says Burd. “We know a little bit more than the average people, but mostly when customers ask us, I just say ‘I know what you know.’ Still, there’s a lot of incorrect information out there.”