Peter John Condakes, president of Peter Condakes Co. Inc., Chelsea, Mass., said distributors on the New England Produce Market fared well, despite hurricane-strength winds and power outages to coastal areas.
The market didn’t lose power but Condakes said business dropped when the state government closed roads.
“Admittedly, it was a big storm but we are doing okay,” Condakes said Feb. 11. “We’re geared in New England for winter and fortunately, we’re not right on the coast which got hurt worse.”
Condakes said retailers rescheduled their deliveries.
Laura Sullivan, executive director of the New England Produce Council, Burlington, Mass., noted how one retail executive, Tom Murray, vice president of produce and floral for Roche Bros. Supermarkets Inc., Wellesley, Mass., worked during the storm.
“He was quite busy trying to keep the shelves stocked,” Sullivan said. “He went into some of the stores to be hands-on and help out. It was a mad dash to the supermarkets here.”