Council Wades into Market Basket Fight

Market Basket, Central Plaza, Haverhill.

The Haverhill City Council is expected to revisit the local effects of the ongoing Market Basket leadership dispute.

Councilor Michael McGonagle has requested a discussion during tonight’s regular meeting to explore extended hours at the Haverhill Farmer’s Market to help families affected by the ongoing Market Basket situation. Late last week, Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s administration held a gathering with local leaders about the prospects of bringing a competing supermarket chain to Haverhill. An aide to Fiorentini did not return WHAV’s requests for comment.

Meanwhile, little is being said about reports that a deal may be near to end the Market Basket supermarket standoff. Members of the Demoulas family are reportedly working to save the company after Governors Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire held discussions on the weekend with outsed CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, his rival cousin,Arthur S. Demoulas, and members of the company’s board of directors. Negotiations over Arthur T.’s offer to purchase the 50.5 percent share of the business held by his cousin’s side of the family had reportedly been stalled by counter-proposals.

The group of workers known as “Save Market Basket” has not publicly commented on the latest developments. They have protested and led a shopper boycott for nearly five weeks to seek reinstatement of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO.