Epping Market Basket protest seeks to save CEO
Employees and others hold signs in support of Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas at a rally outside the Epping supermarket Tuesday night. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)
"Keep Calm and Artie Strong," read one sign.
"Save Arthur T. Demoulas" said another.
Holding their signs for all customers and passing motorists to see, more than 70 employees, their families and others gathered for a rally outside the Epping Market Basket Tuesday night to show support for Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, whose leadership is being threatened by a family feud.
Many employees and customers fear a leadership change will shake up the company and lead to job losses and higher prices, while allowing shareholders to realize bigger returns.
"Think of the people and communities first, not the shareholders' pockets. Respect your fiduciary duty and responsibilities," the ad read.
He worked at the supermarket for just two years, but it was long enough for him to earn the money he needed for a trip to Europe. It was also enough time for him to learn the importance of a locally-owned family business that cares about its workers and customers. Davidson signed the petition at the Epping store moments before Dr. Jerry Scolamiero of Exeter showed up and signed without hesitation.
"My biggest fear is that there's going to be job loss and the growth of the company is going to be slowed down. Employees are nervous about their jobs. They all want to show their support for Arthur T. Demoulas. The guy is a great man. The several times I've talked to him he's always treated me with respect," Walter O'Brien said.
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