Guest Post from Robin Jarvis, Assistant Store Manager, Store 34

Sometimes we forget that while things may seem quiet and calm there are battles that still wage.

While families are welcoming home family members I have to give a prayer to my daughter. Today my daughter, a Marine Sargent, deploys for places that I, her father, cannot be informed of nor do I know when she will return. This information I do not even know if she has been privy too. What I do know is she leaves behind her husband, also a Marine, 2 young children and a host of family and friends. When she returns I’ll be waiting for her with a special gift. Something special she wanted and I planned to give to her for Christmas, but something’s must be exchanged in person so I must wait; my father’s flag from his funeral for serving and dying for this country. He, as does she, served his life protecting our nation and though she never had the opportunity to meet him, he us very important to her. Many serve our nation to protect us from tyranny and injustice so we may have the lives we have come to know. I am proud of her and I’ve tried to strive to live a life that my father would be proud of.
To the Board of Directors, do you have children and parents? Do you strive to make sound decisions that you are not ashamed to tell them about? Do you go home and answer their question, “How was your day?” honestly and openly or do you retreat behind the simple “good” or “fine”? Or maybe they don’t want to know or worse don’t care to know. I would have major regrets at the thought of having to say “I’m wreaking havoc on a company that has an exceptional CEO and management staff in order to fill the coffers of rich people.”
Arthur T. Demoulas is a man so proud of what he does, as was his father, that he is not ashamed to bring his children into the stores and show them around. He can hold his head up high as he introduces them to employees and customers. BOD, you haven’t even entered the stores yourself never mind with family members. Are you not proud of what you are doing? Don’t you want the respect of your family? Why do you hide away behind a PR firm trying to gloss over reality?
This company needs direction and leadership and that is found in our CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, and his executive management team. I find it hard to fathom that you, the BOD, have successfully climbed to where you are by moving blindly. I find it inconceivable that you have gained your stature by walking on those under you. Why would anyone bind the hand that feeds them, yet you do.
My daughter leaves today to defend truth and justice. She does not do it for a few to prosper, but for all including you, the BOD. She is taught and trained to do what is right. When she faces injustice she will not back down. She will not give up and that’s not just because she’s a Marine, it’s because that’s who she is. I know because I raised her and seen her relentlessness. Many assumed she would wash out because of her petite size and pretty face. When she’s told she can’t accomplish things she proves them wrong. She moves forward regardless of the odds. She persists.
We will persist like my daughter, who was a Market Basket employee as well. BOD, we are here, we are not going away, and we want you to release the bonds and limits you have set. Let this company get back to opening stores and growing. Let Arthur T. Demoulas, Bill Marsden, Joe Rockwell, Jim Miamis and others get back to what they do best. Let them run and expand Market Basket.

Sometimes we forget that while things may seem quiet and calm there are battles that still wage.

Robin Jarvis
Assistant Store Manager
Store #34

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