No one was browsing the racks at Lululemon Athletica, and Pinkberry had yet to serve its first frozen yogurt of the day when a group of 11 people bustled through the Prudential Center just past 6 a.m. Friday, some carrying colorful blue grocery bags featuring images of Tony the Tiger.
The bags did not contain food but rather paper petitions about the Market Basket supermarkets that the group, a mix of store employees and customers, were hoping to deliver to company directors meeting that morning to mull the fate of the embattled grocery chain.
They positioned themselves outside the glass doors of the Ropes & Gray law firm at the Prudential Tower, where the company directors were scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. They personally wanted to give the directors the petitions — with more than 100,000 signatures — demanding the board reinstate Arthur T. Demoulas as company president, or a ruinous boycott of the chain that began a week ago would continue.
At 6:30 a.m. chairman Keith Cowan was the first board member to arrive.
“I approached him and said, ‘Excuse me, sir,’ probably three times and he just ignored me,” said Eleanor Corcoran, a 28-year old Somerville resident and Market Basket customer who had volunteered to help the protesting employees deliver the petitions.
You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month
Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.
- High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
- Convenient access across all of your devices
- Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
- Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
- Less than 25¢ a week