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Embattled New England grocery chain asks workers protesting ex-CEO's firing to return

A customer walks by the empty produce isle Thursday July 24, 2014 at a Market Basket supermarket in Concord, N.H. A decades-long family feud, which brought about the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO of the privately held company, led to a worker revolt, customer boycotts and empty shelves in the grocery chain's stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 100 Massachusetts legislators and mayors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have publicly supported the employees. (AP Photo)

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A customer walks by the empty produce isle Thursday July 24, 2014 at a Market Basket supermarket in Concord, N.H. A decades-long family feud, which brought about the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO of the privately held company, led to a worker revolt, customer boycotts and empty shelves in the grocery chain's stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 100 Massachusetts legislators and mayors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have publicly supported the employees. (AP Photo)

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The beleaguered New England grocery store chain Market Basket is appealing to workers to return after a week of protests and halted store deliveries demanding the return of its fired chief executive.

Arthur T. Demoulas was fired last month by the family-owned company's board, controlled by his cousin.

Market Basket said Friday night there would be no penalty or discipline "for any associate who joins in what will be a significant effort to return to the unparalleled level of performance and customer service that have been hallmarks of the Market Basket brand." It says there would be no changes to compensation and benefits.

The board said earlier it will "seriously consider" Demoulas' offer to buy the company, along with other offers.

The chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

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