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New England supermarket chain workers rally to support fired chief executive

Ardian Zoto, right, an employee of Market Basket for six years, holds a sign outside the supermarket in Danvers, Mass., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England say they have heard from employees who are

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Ardian Zoto, right, an employee of Market Basket for six years, holds a sign outside the supermarket in Danvers, Mass., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Executives at the troubled Market Basket supermarket chain in New England say they have heard from employees who are "concerned for their safety" in a dispute over the company's direction. In a statement Monday, co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch say the employees are worried about attending a job fair that was set up to replace colleagues who walked off the job to protest the firing of the previous CEO. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

TEWKSBURY, Mass. - Thousands of workers at the troubled New England supermarket chain Market Basket are rallying to pressure management to reinstate the company's former chief executive or accept his offer to buy it.

Employees say they expected up to 15,000 employees, customers and supporters at Tuesday's rally outside a Market Basket store in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

The family-owned chain has been in turmoil since June, when a board controlled by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin, CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Hundreds of warehouse workers and drivers have refused to deliver food to the chain's 71 stores for two weeks, leaving store shelves empty and sending customers elsewhere.

Workers are hoping Arthur S. Demoulas' side of the family will accept an offer from his cousin to buy the company.

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