I’m just like everyone else in this company. I started as a bagger when I was 16 and I learned to work hard and get the job done. I was given an opportunity to go full time at 18. I accepted with no regrets and just ran with it no looking back. 17 years later I’m the assistant store director at Westford 72.
6years ago my wife and I lost our son Jack. He was born in the morning then passed in the evening. We know that life goes on and the world doesn’t stop but ours did for a while. We have great family and friends to get us through but I never expected the support from my store nor my company. Fellow managers and supervisors consoled me and made sure I was ok. That’s the culture of Market Basket. When something bad happens we are always there to step up and pick up the pieces. It happens at every store no matter what situation arises. And it all starts at the top.
Two weeks later my first week back, first night closing ,in walks Arthur T. We all know how that goes. Run around dot your i’s and cross your t’s to make sure he sees what he wants to see. He then gets me alone and we start talking. I then realize that he wasn’t there for business he was there to talk to me and to see how I was doing, more importantly to see how my wife was doing. He was more concerned with her and he has still never met her. That is the compassion this man has. And I know there are a lot more stories like that through out the company. For the board to put this man through what he is going through shows a lot about there character or lack there of.
There are a lot of great men in this company that have guided us, mentored us, inspired us and beat us up when we needed it. When my time comes and I’m in the conference room getting my own store, these are the hands I want shake. Not some jackass that’s gonna walk into a gold mine and has no contributions to this company.
I proudly stand with everyone in this company before me and after me.