S&S strike

A picket outside the Westerly Stop & Shop tells an arriving shopper Thursday that the store was closed. Stop & Shop employees in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts walked off the job amid stalled contract negotiations between the United Food & Commercial Works union and the company, a division of Ahold Delhaize. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

BOSTON (AP) — The owners of New England's largest supermarket chain are projecting around $100 million in losses from the labor strike that ended Easter Sunday.

Ahold Delhaize, the Dutch company that owns Stop & Shop, said the 11-day strike is expected to lead to losses between $90 million and $110 million.

The company says generally lower sales, lost revenue from "seasonal and perishable inventory" and supply chain costs were the main drivers.

Stop & Shop officials and the United Food and Commercial Workers union reached a tentative, three-year agreement Sunday. Some 31,000 workers at 240 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut returned to work Monday.

Union members are voting on the proposal Wednesday and Thursday.

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