A ghost-sighting at Massachusetts Market Basket has created a stir as customers keep a lookout for the Victorian-era specter in the frozen food aisle.
The grocery store in Wilmington was drawn into the spotlight this month after one of its employees posted about her ghost sighting in a local Facebook group.
Christiana Bush, who works in the store’s bakery department, claims to have seen an older woman in Victorian-era nightgown and hair cap standing in the frozen food aisle. Bush looked down and when she looked back up, she said the woman had disappeared.
“She looked kind of like melancholy and a little angry. So it was kind of a creepy kind of sense, but it was something,” Bush said Monday.
She searched up and down the aisles to find the woman, but Bush said she was nowhere to be found. She believes the woman was a ghost and asked the Facebook group whether anyone else had a paranormal experience in her store.
"This is going to sound really strange….but has anyone seen a ghost in the Wilmington market basket?" she wrote.
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The post attracted plenty of attention from both believers and skeptics, but others also claimed to have seen something ghostly in the grocery store. It soon became the talk of the town.
"I had no idea it was going to blow up," she said. "I mean I just posted a random status on Facebook saying, 'Hey has anyone seen a ghost’ because I just wanted to connect with people.'"
Customers at the store Monday were aware of the ghost story and were on the hunt to see if they could catch a glimpse of the rumored visitor.
"We are looking, we are trying to find her but we haven't seen her," said Tiffany from Billerica. "Maybe she is from the area, maybe she is looking for someone, maybe she's just not crossed over."
Others are not so sure that anything paranormal is happening in the store.
"I just don't believe in ghosts," said Dawn from Wilmington. "I've been coming here for 35 years and haven't seen a ghost."
U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts even tweeted about the local ghost story.
Market Basket officials say that, to their knowledge, their stores are free from ghostly visitors.
"As far as we know, all of our stores are ghost-free," said Justine Griffin, a spokesperson for the company. "But if there's anything to it, she's probably attracted to our Victorian-area prices."
Bush said she had never believed in ghosts, but this experience definitely changed her mind. She hopes to one day see the ghostly woman again, and maybe even strike up a conversation.
"I guess I would want her to come back maybe, and like, I could talk to her,” she said. "I don't know if you can talk to ghosts, but I think it would be cool to see what she is up to."