Our job here is becoming very easy as the guest posts continue to roll in. This one is from Tom Gordon, the other of the two grocery supervisors. We are excited to have received great letters from these two leaders which shows that the solidarity we have in this cause extends to all levels. The grocery department is ‘all in’ and we thank both Mr. Trainor and Mr. Gordon. Your words mean more than you can ever know.
To my fellow associates and friends:
I assume I’m in the same position as many of my fellow employees at Market Basket. I have hesitated to put my feelings on any Website or Facebook for a few reasons: (1) I’m a fairly private guy, and, more importantly (2) I am concerned about this company’s future as well as my own.
Those of you that know me know I’m not a man of many words. I’m not eloquent or well written. I’m a worker…always have been, always will be. It is this work ethic I learned at Market Basket that has gotten me where I am today. It was T.A.s ethic and it is Artie’s ethic…work hard, put in the extra effort, take care of the customers.
What you probably don’t know is I come from a family of 10 that literally grew up dirt poor. I shared a bedroom the size of closet with three brothers. I had one drawer of clothing…that’s all. I went to work part-time at the Basket as soon as I turned 15 because I wanted some money of my own. Market Basket was, and still is, the only company around that will hire a kid that age.
Through the encouragement of those above me and my own hard work, I am now a Grocery Supervisor. When I started as a part-timer, I never, in my wildest dreams thought I’d be a grocery supervisor. It’s a job I truly love. I love the people I work FOR and WITH. Market Basket is, in my opinion, the greatest company in the United States. It is a company where loyalty and hard work are rewarded. We only promote from within so every single employee in the company has the same opportunity I had. Don’t ever forget that.
Tom Trainor’s letter basically says everything I could possibly say, and he definitely says it better than I ever could. But know this: it is because of the guidance of T.A., Artie, Julie Lacourse, Joe Rockwell, and Bill Marsden, that I consider myself so successful at Market Basket.…a kid who comes from nothing and makes it (in my opinion) pretty big. Yes, I work hard and long hours, but so does everyone in this company. It is solely because of the Demoulas family that I have been able to provide things for my family that I never, ever dreamed of. Every single MB employee has the possibility to achieve their dream at Market Basket as well. I’m living proof.
Outside of my father, there is no other man I have more respect for than Arthur T. Demoulas. It was an honor to work for his Dad and it is an honor and privilege to work for Artie. He is genuine, honest, generous and loyal. He is a man of integrity.
As I said before, I’m a man of few words and like to maintain my privacy. But know this: I stand with all the employees and Arthur T. Demoulas, today, tomorrow, forever.
38 PROUD years of service