Stop & Shop strike may be over but some stores still aren’t fully stocked

Hampden County

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees returned to work Monday, after the longest strike in the grocery chain’s history.

The 11-day strike may be over, but – business still isn’t back to normal just yet.

Everyone may be back to work, but – the company will still have a limited selection over the next few days. 22News received several viewer photos of empty shelves in the meat and produce sections in Stop & Shop.

Now that the strike is over, Stop & Shops main priority is to restock their shelves and get the store back in order for their customers.

Pedro from Springfield said he was able to find what he needed at Stop & Shop in East Longmeadow, but it may take some time for the store to be fully stocked.

“Maybe a few days to a week. I’m just getting some waters, a few things for the house, some dairy products, basic stuff,” Pedro said.

East Longmeadow resident Alice Widmer said employees were cleaning several sections of the store when she went inside to buy her groceries.

“They were scrubbing away the cabinets in the bakery department,” Widmer said. “They had a hose and they were running the water and everything it wasn’t just a quick scrub they were really working at it.”

Union leaders will take a vote this week on the new contract agreement, which includes pay raises, health insurance, and pension benefits.

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