Guest post, Kent Werner Store Director Billerica

“Thank you Kent for adding your voice through your 41 years of experience to the thousands that know this Board is bad for associates, customers, vendors and the communities we serve.”

My name is Kent Werner. I am proud to say I am manager of store #7 in Billerica, MA. I don’t usually use Facebook, but I felt compelled to write given the events that have taken place since the summer. !

I started working as bagger on September 5th 1972. 41 years later, I’m still here. Through out my proud career, with the guidance of store managers, assistant managers and our headquarters, I was shown that honest and hard work pays off. I was expected to do the best I could and to put the customers first. All of which has been made that much easier under the guidance and direction of Arthur T. Demoulas.!

In my opinion, Arthur T. Demoulas has done a remarkable job running this company, as his father did before him. Under his direction, we as a company have seen incredible growth and beautiful remodels of existing stores. By doing so, we have been able to continue to offer our loyal customers bigger selections while keeping our prices low. Growth had also allowed us to hire many new associates, giving them the opportunity to provide their families with a better life and to guide new associates toward successful careers at Market Basket.!

What other company has a CEO who will stop in the store parking a lot and help a customer load groceries into their car? What other CEO knows your name, your wife’s name and your children’s names and genuinely cares how you and your family are doing? What other CEO spends time in the stores speaking with associates and talking to customers asking how we can serve them better? I know of NONE. Arthur T. Demoulas does it because it’s the right thing to do.!

Arthur T. Demoulas has the knowledge and the passion that it takes to run this company. His record of successful growth, happy associates and happy loyal customers speaks for itself. !
I am proud to say that most of what I have today I have because of Arthur T. Demoulas, this great company he has maintained and my wife, who started with the company herself 39 years ago.I come to work everyday to take care of the customers, who with their continued loyalty, take care of the company. I do this because I am proud to call myself an associate of Market Basket. I also do this because Arthur T. Demoulas and this company have taught me it’s the right thing to do.!

Board of Directors, please let Arthur T. Demoulas continue to lead this company in the positive and successful direction he has been. Under his leadership we as a company will continue to prosper. From the shareholders to the associates to the communities in which we server our loyal customers. !

Leaving Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO is not only in the best interest of all of these things, it it the right thing to do. !

Proud Bagger to Proud Store Manager.!

Kent Werner!

Guest post, Fred Whitton Store Director Billerica

“Well respected by all, Fred Whitton is usually soft spoken but his words here on this post speak volumes. Thank you Fred.”
My name is Fred Whitton and I have been a Market  Basket associate for 42 years, 21 as a store director. After reading the letters of my fellow associates I find my situation to be very similar if not identical to theirs. For this reason I will not chronicle my career path as Continue Reading

Guest post, Dan Riley Store Director Tewksbury

My name is Dan Riley and I am the Store Director of Tewksbury 8. I am proud to say that I have worked for Market Basket for over 25 years. Those of you who know me understand that I am a private person and that my world revolves around my family and my job.

Let me start by saying that I fully support Arthur T Demoulas. Up to this point I have just been in the background as far as social media is concerned. I keep up to date with this website, reading it daily. I went to the rallies in Andover, Waltham and Boston in support of Mr. D. I amContinue Reading

Guest post, Joe Schmidt Operations Supervisor

“Joe Schmidt is the ultimate professional as he goes from store to store performing his duties as an Operations Supervisor and has the respect of everyone from store level to upper management. Joe is very concerned as are all of us with what this Board has been doing to our company. Thank you Joe for speaking out and taking a leadership role in this fight.”

 

Guest post Joe Schmidt Operations Supervisor

Good evening fellow associates.

I first want to convey how proud I am to be associated with so many members of our company that have spoken out with unyielding support for Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas.  Thanks to all of you for doing what is right by our company.

I want to take a few moments to share some of my personal thoughts with all of you.  I know that I do not have to tell anyone how much passion that I have for our great company and how much I admire Mr. Arthur T. Demoulas and his father Mr. T.A. Demoulas.  These two Continue Reading

Guest post, Greg Packard Store Director Portsmouth

“Greg is another Store Director that has been with the company in excess of forty years and another that learned his craft from the late Vinnie Clancy. Thank you Greg for speaking out and telling your story.”

I am Greg Packard,the store director at Market Basket #56 in Portsmouth ,New Hampshire. I have had the great honor of working for this company for the past forty years.
As many of us were, I was hired on as a part time bagger. I started my job in the Salem # 6 store under the the supervision of Mr. Vin Clancy in 1973 and when the Seabrook # 30 store opened I transferred to that location. To my great pleasure Mr. Clancy was offered the directorship at that store and he took me under his wing. He taught me the value of hard work and encouraged me to set my sights on the management ladder as he believed that I had the abilities and know how to climb it and becomeContinue Reading

Guest post, Bob Medeiros Produce Supervisor

My name is Bob Medeiros and I’ve worked for Market Basket for over 29 years.
Here is my story -
I was born in Portugal and came to the US with my family when I was 8 years old. I had a very hard time growing up in this country as I didn’t know how to speak English and my parents were having a hard time finding jobs. Much like many new immigrants, you can say we suffered in the beginning. Struggling my way through school, learning the language, helping my parents out as much as I could wasn’t a fun thing for a kid to go through, but we managed with the support of family.
When I turned 16 years old I heard about Market Basket opening down the street from my house. I filled out an application and went to see Mr. Joe Garon, the store manager, for a job interview. I was very nervous but he told me “Bob, I have 2 openings, one in the produce department or one bagging.” Bagging didn’t interest me at all and so I picked produce. My first week in the produce department, I met two sisters. The older one said that she could see me marrying her younger sister and when the time came she wanted to be the maid of honor. I did marry that younger sister 20 years ago, and her sister was in fact the maid of honor. You can say it worked out well for me – thanks to you, Mr. Garon!
I worked hard in the produce department and moved my way up. I was given an amazing opportunity as a very young produce manager at the old Chelsea Market Basket. I had the privilege of spending a lot of time with Mr. T.A. Demoulas at that time and, you can say, I got my Market Basket degree from the man himself. He was the Warren Buffet of grocery stores and I learned so much from him. He possessed the qualities we all strive for: integrity, respect, loyalty, his knowledge of merchandising and love for his family, just to name a few. Anyone who knew him, wanted to be just like him and emulate him in every way. He would ask me about my parents knowing that I came from the old country he would say, “Bob, one day you and I are going to go to the old country together!” and I would say “as long as you are paying for the trip, I’m in!” Well, Mr D. we never got to make that trip but I’ll never forget our journey together just the same. You taught me so much during that journey, and you, my father along with Market Basket helped to shape me to what I am today. Mr. T.A. is no longer with us but he left the same impact on others as well.
Every now and then when I hear Mr Artie T Demoulas speak, I swear in can hear Mr. T.A. Demoulas’ voice. I have never met a more amazing man who was loved, respected and appreciated by all Market Basket associates. Family is so important and this company is all about family. As a father of two teenagers, I am proud that my family (wife & kids) have all worked for the family business. My sister Laura also worked for Market Basket and married someone from the company as well. She tragically passed away at the age of 27 from a terminal disease and my family and I were devastated. I can’t tell you how the hundreds or perhaps thousands of Market Basket family members that waited for hours at the wake to support and comfort me and my family during one of the worst times of our lives. Where else would you get this kind of heart-warming support? Not in Wall Street, that’s for sure!
Market Basket stands out in the grocery store industry and anyone of its workers or customers can tell you that it is because of the leadership found in T.A. and now Artie T. Demoulas. Market Basket is embarking in a new journey and last month, the Lowell Sun named Arthur T. Demoulas as Man of Year. We could not agree more! Market Basket is made of 25,000 strong and we support Mr. Artie T. Demoulas as the leader for this era. We just ask that the members of the Board to please release his handcuffs and let the man do his job!
Thank you again Mr. Artie T. Demoulas for all you do! We support you every step of the way! With the greatest fondness and the deepest gratitude,
Bob Medeiros
Produce supervisor
29 years

 

Guest post, Mike Dunleavy Store Director Somerville

“Mike is a veteran Store Director, managing what is most likely the busiest store per square foot in the Northeast if not the country. Mike is highly respected by his associates, peers and upper management. Thank you for speaking your mind Mike.”

My name is Mike Dunleavy with 35 years of proud service, 16 years as Store Director.
I also came from a very humbling beginning; Dad was totally disabled since I was 7 years old from 5 back operations. Mom worked 3 waitress jobs to support Dad Continue Reading