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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The First Demoulas Market Basket in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Fighting Two Cousins and All the News it's Making

Cropped photo taken May 14, 2014.
The First Demoulas Market was established in
Lowell in 1917 by Athanasios "Arthur" Demoulas
and his wife Efrosene (Soulemanis) Demoulas.
Immigrants who ten years earlier had arrived
in Lowell from Kalabaka, Greece.

In 1955, the market was incorporated by their
sons Telemachus and George, who expanded the
business to 14 supermarkets before George's
early death in 1971.

Telemachus went on to create on of the
largest supermarket chains in New England.
He became a well known and respected
philanthropist beloved throughout the
acre and the city of Lowell for his
generosity, his vision and his spirit.
He died in  2003 at the age of 82.

The photo above and below were taken behind the house where James McNeil Whistler was born.
 (The marker is in the middle, with red car to the left.)
To read more about this family and the business, see Wikipedia HERE or google Demoulas or Market Basket. It is currently on our Massachusetts news non-stop, and on national news as well. I'm posting this because there might be some people who would like to see photos from two of their 71 stores.
There is a feud between two cousins and apparently, there has been bad blood for many years. Both cousins have the first name, one is Arthur S. and the other Arthur T.

As a result of the favored cousin's firing, the employees are extremely upset, as are the customers. People are not shopping in the stores, instead dragging themselves to the more expensive stores such as Hannaford, Stop and Shop and Shaws as a way to force the other cousin to change his ways. Employees and customers are picketing side by side and many customers are bringing food for the employees. This began at least 12 days ago, and nobody knows when it will end or what the outcome will be.
Customers are taping their receipts from competitive stores on the doors. Market Basket is losing at least 10 million a day because of this.

Unsold bread and other perishables are donated to food banks. There hasn't been produce in the stores for about 14 days, so many of the local farms are doing a brisk business, now selling fresh blueberries, corn and other crops.

 Artie T.'s father would be so proud of him.



Updates:
August 5, 2014, long article in the New York Times. See HERE.

August 6, 2014, The Today Show had a long segment about Market Basket. See HERE.

August 6, 2014, The People Magazine had an article, "Market Basket Grocery Chain Workers Want their Beloved Fired Boss Back." See HERE.


August 12, 2014, WCVB news, "Market Basket employees told to return or lose jobs" "We are writing one final time, to invite you to return to work and perform your job obligations."  http://www.wcvb.com/news/3-market-basket-board-members-urge-end-to-standoff/27423768?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=wcvb%2Bchannel%2B5%2Bboston

August 15, 2014, The Boston Globe, "Market Basket board meetings the stage for family strife"
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/08/14/behind-closed-doors-demoulas-cousins-feud-raged/0dc9gC2d7tNlk9oTH4QIuK/story.html

US News and World Reports, "Killing Market Basket's Golden Goose"

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2014/08/15/market-baskets-short-term-gain-will-cause-long-term-pain


Why B-Schools Should be Teaching Market Basket

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-samuelson/why-b-schools-should-be-t_b_5682367.html

Deal Finally reached after 42 days on August 27th

FIRST APPEARANCE OF ARTIE T. DEMOULAS AS THE RETURNING CEO AND NOW OWNER OF MARKET BASKET, August 28, 2014.  Artie T’s closing words: “It’s great to be together again, you’re one of a kind, let’s have some fun.”
http://www.wcvb.com/news/market-basket-hustling-to-stock-shelves-after-deal-reached/27768080#!bLHf5y

Labor Day rings true at Market Basket  http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_26446851