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Employees at every Market Basket are protesting including in Biddeford

BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- Employees at every Market Basket grocery store are protesting the ousting of the longtime company CEO and that includes the one and only Market Basket in Maine.

Market basket employees are out protesting the ousting of their longtime CEO and they say they are in it for the long-haul.

They plan to keep protesting until Artie T. Demoulas is reinstated.

There are protests at all 71 Market Basket supermarkets throughout New England, including in Biddeford.

Inside, the stores are running out of food.

Loyal customers are pledging to shop elsewhere and longtime employees, who were recently fired by current management, are being made martyrs by protesters.

It is a public relations nightmare for the family-owned chain and for Arthur S. Demoulas, who gained control of the board and ousted his cousin, Artie T. Demoulas.

Protesters say Artie T. helped build and grow Market Basket to what it is today.

Market Basket employee, Pat Berry, says: Last year we had a petition drive amongst all employees and our customers that helped to save his job then. And that's what we're trying to do now, is get him back. The reason is that he's a great guy. He's a really humble leader. He inspires all of us. This man is a philanthropist. He gives back to his customers, his community, and his employees. We love him and want him back."

The new CEOs apologized to customers for the controversy in a full-page ad in this weekend's Boston Globe but they also criticized the protesting employees, who for customers are the faces of the company.