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.