Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
Congratulations to all the people of Market Basket – the employees, vendors, and customers. You put yourself on the line for an ideal and it paid off, proving in a big way that the little guy can win, and that’s especially important in Haverhill where we literally put all our eggs in one Basket*.
*Haverhill has the third largest geographic area of any municipality in Massachusetts. We have three grocery stores. All are Market Baskets.
WARNING THE NEXT PART IS A JOKE ………..
Not to take any of the honor away from what you all did by standing up for what is right, but The Heartbeat of Haverhill feels in some way responsible for the final resolution between the Arties of Market Basket. THOH held off for five weeks without my preferred grocery store. We shopped farmers markets and farm stands, bought from small independent shops and ate out – a lot.We rationalized the restaurant visits two ways: 1) if THOH was going to spend $40-70 more for a carriage full of groceries, then THOH might as well take that money and go out to eat and avoid shopping at all. 2) THOH began to consider dining out research for an upcoming post about where to get the best lunch for $5. (Stay tuned and send suggestions!)
And then yesterday happened. We were out of all the non-perishables and The Heartbeat of Haverhill crumbled and finally went to another grocery chain. A more expensive grocery chain. And somehow the Arties must have heard about my foray into Shaws and thought “wow if we lose her, the business will be totally ruined .” And so they decided to stop standing their ground and come up with a sensible resolution. Now we feel mighty contrite for not having faith for one more day and a little sad that we can’t cram any more into the cupboards or fridge to give them much business yet, but just wait.
That’s enough revisionist history, okay… the mayors and the governors added to the pressure the customers and employees and vendors were applying and that helped, too. And, THOH is so glad the stores are open. Glad enough that on the way home from a long night, THOH was compelled to visit each and every one of our no-longer-off-limits stores even though our cupboards are far from bare after yesterday’s shopping spree. The Heartbeat of Haverhill got a vicarious thrill watching and chatting with smiling shoppers and associates. Even a half hour before closing time, Hillies headed into MB wanting to support the happy ending. One, Kate Walsh, at Rivers Edge Plaza told me she’d spoken to the manager and the produce and meats will be arriving tomorrow. Another stopped to take photos of the hand drawn messages, others just stuffed the groceries in the trunk, ecstatic to be getting bargains and to experience the interactions with happy, well treated associates at their favorite store.
From here on out, if you’re looking for The Heartbeat of Haverhill look for the lady pushing the very full shopping cart . But note, THOH hopes we will all still support our Farmers’ Market and farm stands, too, it’s such a short season in New England.
Market Basket Westgate Plaza
400 Lowell Ave, Haverhill, MA 01830
Market Basket Central Plaza
2 Water St., Haverhill, MA
Market Basket Rivers Edge Plaza
225 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA
(c)2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell