2014

Well that was a heck of a year, wouldn’t you say?

When we look back at 2014 it seems safe to say that most of us will see it as one of the most gratifying years of our lives. A battle which started in July of 2013 became a full blown war to save the company in 2014 with all chips pushed to the middle of the table. We resolved that we would win and win we did! Together we accomplished what many felt was impossible. We made history and in the process we have shown the world things we have known for so long: that Arthur T. Demoulas is the epitome of what a CEO should be; that Market Basket is a company built by and made up of people who understand what it means to be part of the communities it serves; that our customers are the the absolute best and they genuinely care about us as much as we care about them; that together We, associates-customers-vendors, Are Market Basket!

Certain board members had this message delivered loud and clear to them for 18 months yet it fell on deaf ears every time. They believed they held a power granted them by job title but they did not understand that power is useless when nobody listens to what you say. Every step they took was watched by us and when push came to shove we showed that 5 board members were no match for 25,000 associates and 2 million customers!

There is so much to be proud of from last year, but we will not gloat. We will relish our achievements and forever appreciate the loyalty we all showed to each other, our customers and the family of Telemachus A. Demoulas (Irene Demoulas, Francine Demoulas Kettenbach, Glorianne Demoulas Farnum, Arthur T. Demoulas and Caren Demoulas Pasquale). While our fight with the Board is over rest assured that we will never stop fighting for each other. We will continue to fight every day for our customers and look out for them when they are not looking so that they will be able to shop the greatest grocery store in the land and continue to buy groceries at the best possible value and quality. Our focus now and forever more will be solely on fulfilling all that it means to be Market Basket.

Happy New Year! May 2015 bring you all peace and happiness and may the spirit of 2014 live on for each of us.

Bostonians of the Year!

The Boston Globe Magazine has named the associates of Market Basket their Bostonians of the year. We could not think of a more worthy bunch for this honor and we thank the Globe for recognizing that these men and women are the epitome of integrity and desire. They were brave enough to stand together and save something that they hold near and dear. They STUCK THEIR NECKS OUT for each other, for Arthur T. Demoulas, for the communities they serve and they Saved Market Basket!

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/12/21/why-market-basket-employees-are-our-bostonians-year/o3P4vXbnDO70tjVpfzoEBI/story.html

Today’s Boston Globe

Today’s Boston Globe

There is an article in today’s Boston Globe regarding the documentary about our story that Jay Childs is working on. See the article here:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/12/18/filmmaker-crowd-funding-produce-market-basket-documentary/8hDSPlbRQj5o8jpjoYDX1O/story.html

Read about the documentary and contribute here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/323618710/food-fight-inside-the-battle-for-market-basket

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

We have gotten word that the sale of DeMoulas Supermarkets has been finalized! Arthur T. Demoulas and his sisters now have sole ownership of this great company and we take tremendous pride in saying in our loudest, proudest voice WE ARE MARKET BASKET!

 

 

Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest

We received an email from John Lauretani which referenced a poetry contest being run by a website dedicated to the 17th century poet Anne Bradstreet, who lived in North Andover. The contest states that “Anyone is welcome to submit a poem or short essay, one page maximum for both, for entry on why they’re thankful for Market Basket.” All entries will be displayed online and the choice poem/essay in both adult and youth categories will be published in the North Andover Citizen.
You can view the page for the contest here: http://annebradstreet.org/2014/11/26/join-the-market-basket-challange/

Here is John’s poem which he sent to us and is also on their page:

GROCER WARS

The Merrimack Valley community
and places well beyond
got themselves embroiled
in a family war that spawned

Support for the one called “ T “
disdain for the one called “ S “
who’s abuse of power through coercion
created an infamous mess

From Athanasios and Efrosini to
Telemachus (Mike) and brother George
the hands of time ground forward
to form the grocery forge

Pride is strong in all families
especially of those with success
but when does wealth become primary
and people become less

It’s true both sides have facts
who knows what’s behind closed doors
we see what media provides us
and just tally up the scores

We salute you “ MB “ employees
integrity won out in the end
standing with you in the pickets
sent a message for all to defend

Harvard will study the outcome
of which many were surprised
but to honest hard working people
the “right thing” was always advised

Kickstarter Campaign for Documentary Film

This morning we received an email from Jay Childs and Melissa Paly informing us of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the documentary they are producing. Jay has been a familiar face to many of us for more than a year as he has covered this story since the rally in Waltham back in the fall of 2013. We have come to believe Jay fully understands that the message of our story is about the people.

If you would like to help Jay and Melissa get to their goal, please visit their Kickstarter page and check out their campaign. We feel that this is a great project they have in the making.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/323618710/food-fight-inside-the-battle-for-market-basket

Thanksgiving 2014

We realize that “thank you” is not enough and yet “thank you” is all that we can really say. We just hope that the depth and sincerity of that statement will find its way to your hearts as you have touched us. – Arthur T. Demoulas, August 28, 2014

 

Last year as we approached the Thanksgiving holiday we wrote about giving thanks for all that we have in this company, each other and in the man who embodies the culture which brings it all together, Arthur T. Demoulas.

 

http://wearemarketbasket.com/giving-thanks/

We were in the midst of so much uncertainty and we had no idea how long the road would be or what the outcome would look like. What we did know was that together as a family we would fight the good fight for something we love and the chips would fall where they may. Looking back now we can see that we were in the early stages of something that was growing, a movement was taking shape and an irresistible force was building that would not be stopped!

This year we have so much to be thankful for. We have saved our company; we have saved the jobs of our CEO and his leadership team; we have shone a bright light for all to see on just how fantastic the culture of OUR company is. Most importantly, we have cemented a precious bond among associates, customers and vendors; the words “We Are Market Basket” will resonate deeply for all of us forevermore. Books will be written, films will be produced and business classes will be taught, but WE did this! Together we put it all on the line and helped save this company. It’s important to realize that no one person played a role larger than anyone else because without every single one of us doing our part with unwavering resolve, it doesn’t get done.

Tomorrow, let’s all give thanks for our blessings. Let us all take pride in what we have accomplished over the last 18 months. Let us all raise a glass to each other, our Market Basket family, for standing up and fighting for what we believe.

Here’s to us.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

Revere, Store #74

The new store in Revere will be opening this Sunday, October 26, at 7am. As with any grand opening we are truly excited to be entering a new city and we will watch with pride as our customers flock to the store and flood the aisles. We will all be on hand to greet them and we look forward to becoming a part of the community we will be serving.

But this is different.

The store has been built and ready to go for over a year and it has sat there, vacant and alone, as a symbol for all to see of the battle we have waged since the summer of 2013. What would happen to it? Would it ever open? There was so much on the line for the good people of Revere and surrounding towns who had anticipated the opening for so long. The truth is that none of us knew what the outcome would be but while we were fighting to save Market Basket we were also fighting for the people of Revere so that we could finally open the doors of their store and put people to work and allow customers to shop at the best supermarket in the land.

The store took on the face of the struggle whenever you drove by it. You could not look at it and not think of all of the turmoil which led to its dormancy. Anger and frustration would transform into hope and determination as time wore on. With dogged resolve and unwavering unity among associates, vendors and customers we would win our battle and Revere is now set to open its doors and join the family as store #74.

We thank the good people of Revere for having patience through all of this and we look forward to celebrating a new beginning with them on Sunday. Come on down and join the fun…we’re not sticking our necks out when we claim that this is going to be one special day.

Help Preserve History

Save History!

For the next two weeks we will be compiling photos and videos of the Market Basket event from July 2013 through August 2014. If you have any photos or videos you would like to share with us please send them to:

wearemarketbasket@gmail.com

These could be from any rally, picket, protest or assembly. If the pictures are self explanatory great if not feel free to include a narrative including names if you wish. Send as many as you think have merit. They will be collected, preserved and put into some form where all will be able to share. We all worked too hard to let the memories of this historic event just fade away.

We Are Market Basket

Many causes in this world start small and grow into something big only to dissipate entirely when resolution comes about. We Are Market Basket has become more than just a cause, it has become the embodiment of a culture made up of associates, customers, vendors and concerned citizens all over America. Now that we have successfully helped to save the Company and CEO we love the challenge becomes a new one: how do we cultivate the “We Are Market Basket” way?

It is clear that we are all fully vested in what this company means in the broader scale of our communities but the question is, how do we corral that? We have a voice which is powerful and we have a company which is beneficial for all stakeholders and we feel it is important to see to it that this mix continues to grow and flourish. We have a responsibility to each other to remain a vital part of this company and its culture going forward. Now that the fanfare has faded we can concentrate on business while at the same time being acutely aware of the fact that while our company has not changed, the image of it has been altered forever. It is now a beacon of hope for employees everywhere that their voices matter in the cold, shareholder driven business world. It has a social conscience which places the welcomed responsibility on our shoulders to be good, charitable members within the communities we serve. It includes all of our customers who have showed in unrelenting fashion that they will be heard and that THEY Are Market Basket as much as any associate or vendor.

Our story did not end on August 27th when ATD’s offer was accepted by the Board, it simply moved to a new chapter. Now, rather than being driven by outrage we need to channel our energies and perpetuate what has always been there under the surface but is now out front for all to see. We Are Market Basket and we have only just begun!

So we ask you, what does it mean to you when you say “I Am Market Basket”?