Market Basket announces plans for first Rhode Island store

March 10, 2020 GMT

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — Market Basket, the Massachusetts-based supermarket chain that made national news in 2014 when nonunion workers walked off the job and customers boycotted to save the job of the company’s beloved president, is planning to open its first Rhode Island store.

The store is tentatively scheduled to open next year in Johnston according to a statement Tuesday from Mayor Joseph Polisena and Market Basket President and CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

“I am very happy and excited that Market Basket has decided to put their first store in Johnston. It is a perfect fit for the company and our great town,” Polisena said.

The store already has loyal customers in the state, Demoulas said.

“We appreciate the many Rhode Island shoppers who support our Market Basket stores located just over the Massachusetts border and are excited that now they will have a much more convenient location to shop and call their own,” he said.

The privately-owned chain founded in 1917 and known for its low prices already has 80 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.