“Guest post from Chris Sturzo, Store Director in Rochester #50 and one of our newer Store Directors but he is not new to our company. Chris has been with the Company for 34 years and has worked his way to the top like the rest of us. Thank you for speaking out Chris.”
I remember meeting Mr. DeMoulas and his son, Artie, in November 1979. I was a 16 year old bagger working in the Tewksbury #8 store. Mr. D and his son had just arrived and they were watching me help customers in the parking lot. When I came in, I was called to the Courtesy Desk where Mr. D asked me what my name was. He then introduced me to his son, Artie, and thanked me for helping his customers. I know I was just a kid, but I thought that was the coolest thing, that the owner and his son would take the time to thank me! It made me want to do it again and again. I went fulltime in 1983 and went to work in the Chelsea store. One day Mr. Rockwell came in and told me Artie T wanted to meet me in his new drug store in Lowell, MA. I spent the day there and Artie asked me if I would like to work for him and help him run the store. I agreed and after a short while I became the Store Manager. I had the opportunity to work with some really great people in Lee Drug, including Artie’s sister, Karen. We all worked together stocking shelves, unloading trucks, resetting sections, and helping customers. While working with Artie and Karen, you would never know that they were the owners; they led by example. They were hard working and caring, always putting the customer first. Early one morning I was having breakfast at Friendly’s when Artie came in and decided to join me. He sat down and we talked about everyday things with some business mixed in. When we finished he thanked me for my work at the store and went to the office. I was so blown away that the owner had just sat down and had breakfast with me!
From Lee Drug to present day Market Basket stores, I’ve seen ATD grow into a proven leader by developing and guiding this company in a very successful direction during a vey uncertain economy, taking care of his employees all the way.
I don’t know what ASD’s intention is with this company for the future. He has clearly shown that he has no business sense or for that matter “no common sense”! All I know is that he has greatly underestimated the loyalty that we have for our CEO. That kind of loyalty generates power that comes with 25,000 associates who are ready to do whatever it takes to save this company!
I’ve been to every rally and stand firmly behind our CEO, Arthur T. DeMoulas, and will stand united with my fellow coworkers until the end.
34 Dedicated years to ATD