I know many of you visit This Mama Knows to get the deal match ups for Market Basket, the Google analytics info tells me that. So, I am sure you are well aware of the debacle going on at all Market Basket stores, empty shelves and parking lots that are ghost towns—minus the store employees and supporters holding signs in support of the ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas.
I am just amazed (and I am not using that word lightly) that so many employee and customers are flocking to support a person. But after reading countless stories about Arthur T.’s selfless acts and generosity, I am not surprised one bit. I was in a Market Basket store last Saturday morning and the shelves were already becoming bare. Again for curiosity’s sake, I stopped in on Monday and the situation was even worse, no produce, no fresh meat, no seafood and the other shelves were only about 1/4 the way stocked. For that reason, in addition to supporting the protesters I did my grocery shopping elsewhere this week. My wallet took a bit more of hit than normal, but I just had to get creative and deal with it.
If you are a Market Basket shopper and feeling the pain in the wallet for having (or choosing) to shop elsewhere, here are some suggestions for you:
- Hannaford: If you aren’t familiar with Hannaford, they are a great store, the produce and meat are really high quality. You can even check the prices of nearly every item they carry in a particular store on their website. You can also view their sales flyer online as well. Their prices do vary slightly depending on the location.
- Shaw’s: Yes, Shaw’s is expensive for most things, but if you shop just their sale items and use coupons, you can find some great deals there that even beat Market Basket prices. The best deals this week at Shaw’s can be found here.
- Shop local farmers markets or farm stands, meat markets and local stores. For example, my local small town convenience store has a butcher counter and sells ground beef for $3.99/lb. It is ground fresh to order and is from a local farm and is the best tasting beef.
- Trader Joe’s: The past two weeks I have done my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. Its not convenient for me to go that often, but I love the stuff they carry. The organic produce is very reasonable ($2.99 for 3 pack of romaine hearts!) and they have a nice selection of gluten free items too. Their frozen pizzas are some of the best as well. They also accept manufacturer’s coupons.
For those that are interested in keeping up with the latest new about the Market Basket strike and protest, check out several Facebook pages that have been set up: