Stop and Shops either closed or ghost towns
SEEKONK, Ma (WLNE) - Picketers remained well into the evening outside Stop and Shop in Seekonk.
More than 30,000 workers with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union walked out at stores across New England today, they say because of an ongoing contract dispute.
"We want fair healthcare, we want fair wages, and we just need a fair work environment," said employee Allie Jacober.
One store in Warwick and others in New England had to close during the day, likely inconveniencing customers.
"We've had a couple people get out of their cars and come up not even noticing us outside, and them realizing, 'Oh! We can't go shopping today! Where are we going to go?' said employee Jacob Mcnamara.
However one store in Seekonk remained open, though only via one entrance.
"I was just surprised to see this other entrance closed off and then they had – even when you're walking in front of the registers they had it roped off so you couldn't walk down this way," said shopper Donald Osborn.
"It's very quiet," added shopper Patricia Williams. "It's very eerie, like it's empty."
In a statement, Stop and Shop says it has a plan in place to minimize customer impact during the strike. They say they're still in negotiations with the union and are disappointed that they chose to strike.
Customers say, they hope it ends soon.
"Just took me a little longer to do my shopping than usual," said Osborn.