I want to live on the same planet as Market Basket Employees.

How about somebody take a brake from the markers and the homemade signs and give this a guy hand.  - Photo Noah R. Bombard

How about somebody take a brake from the markers and the homemade signs and give this a guy hand. – Photo Noah R. Bombard

Lowell Sun

TEWKSBURY — Employees of Demoulas Supermarkets Inc.’s Market Basket grocery stores have been an outspoken bunch in the past year, always loyal to their leader, the recently ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. They’ve spoken out online, in rallies and to the media.

And on Wednesday, they voiced that loyalty to “Artie T.,” as he is affectionately known, to the two executives hired last month to replace him, co-CEOs Jim Gooch and Felicia Thornton, according to employees who were at a meeting at the chain’s East Street offices.

“It’s unanimous,” said Rosalie Hagopian, who started with Market Basket in 1973 and has worked in the main office for 15 years, now as an administrative assistant.

“We feel the company needs Arthur T. back. We feel he was wrongly let go, along with the others who were wrongly let go,” she said. “It feels like a death in the family.”

 

Credit to Demoulas Supermarkets Inc. for being last standing company on earth by a long shot whose employees still think that they have a collective say in operational matters. Like when you take Artie T, and the legacy of the store out of the equation, and look at it as just a normal company, this behavior is off the chain, insane. I can understand the spirit of it, as a few months back my company switched over to pod coffee makers and I remember how upset and vulnerable I felt. But I wasn’t camping out in front of the office, telling our CEO to “go the hell.” I adapted, and kept cashing my checks. (I just started going to Starbucks on company time.)

Like every company, there’s a board. And every board has a charter. And those board members are going to make decisions through an established process that will for the most part, be aimed at making a couple extra bucks next quarter. I’m going to guess that nowhere in that charter does it stipulate “All major decisions must be vetted through the guy that slices Tobes’ roast beef too thick.” How that guy didn’t get sacked along with Artie T is beyond me. That’s what people should be protesting.

 

 

Photo Link- Noah R. Bombard

“Are you not entertained?!”

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Lowell Sun

Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is suing both family rival Arthur S. Demoulas and the grocery chain itself, arguing that an independent member of the board of directors is not truly independent because he previously served as a member appointed by Arthur S.’s side of the family.

The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday, adds a new chapter to the long-running battle between two factions of the Demoulas family.

These Demoulas lads are really pushing the envelope with our collective attention span. No offense fellas, but Tastee O’s aren’t good enough to care this much about a grocery store. I’m going to tap out on this one unless the Arthurs decide to change the terms of this contest…winner gets claim to the name Arthur. Loser gets something lame like “Phil.” No more Arthur T’s and Arthur S’…just Arty and Phil.

The Merrimack Valley apocalypse.

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As a man who equates his Facebook feed to tea leaves… I have to take a moment and reflect on how hysterically funny this pending MarketBasket implosion is…you know, if you ignore the potential loss of employment.

The prospect of this community trying to lead functional lives without Demoulas’ is bleak. How will we eat? Do other grocery stores put their food in aisles or is it just a free-for-all? I hear all this new-aged-hooey about organic food…will we be able to find the genetically modified items that our bodies crave? Will Tastee O’s be discontinued? How will I transport my sandwich and chips to work without a Market Basket bag?

See what I mean? What a potential shitshow. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best idea to assign the entire Merrimack Valley consumer staple contribution to a family that gets along so well.

PS. Feel free to do the math on the carnage that has occurred in the Greek Community since Mayor Murphy got Pericles cocked on St Paddy’s.