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Market Basket has long shopping list for restocking

Here’s what the grocery list to restock an empty supermarket chain looks like: 300 tons of steak, rump roasts, and other beef; 60,000 cases of hot dogs, bacon, and deli products; 120 tractor-trailer loads of produce; and 15,000 boxes of fish fillets and seafood.

With barely any fresh food in its 71 stores, Market Basket faces an epic shopping spree to bring the chain back to normal when — or if — the employee protest and customer boycott over the dismissal of Arthur T. Demoulas ends. The process will probably take weeks and require several thousand truckloads of food shipped in from the company’s two main warehouses and from outside suppliers.

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