Johnston Market Basket opens its doors to the public at 7 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20

By RORY SCHULER
Posted 8/19/21

The Johnston Market Basket will open its doors to the general public for the first time at 7 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20.

The store chain hired more than 400 new employees to staff the store on Hartford …

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Johnston Market Basket opens its doors to the public at 7 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20

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The Johnston Market Basket will open its doors to the general public for the first time at 7 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20.

The store chain hired more than 400 new employees to staff the store on Hartford Avenue, across from the Johnston Senior Center.

According  to Valerie Polito, operations supervisor for Market Basket, at least 80 percent of the store’s new-hires are from Johnston.

“Everyone lives two streets over,” she said, from a loft perched high above the registers.

The store is stocked with Rhode Island favorites, like Del’s Lemonade and Autocrat coffee syrup.

“We’re a New England company,” said Market Basket Operations Manager David K. McLean. “Our roots are deep here. We’ve been operating for 104 years.”

The Johnston store is the chain’s second Rhode Island store. The first opened several months ago in Warwick.

Market Basket owned and operated 85 stores in New England. After tomorrow’s opening of the Johnston location becomes store No. 86.

For more details, see next week’s edition of the Johnston Sun Rise.

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