SAGAMORE – With the news that ousted Market Basket CEO Arthru T. Demoulas wants to purchase the remaining 50.5 percent of the company his other relatives control, the company is holding a board meeting this morning in Boston.
Arthur T. Demoulas was fired in June by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, who then appointed two co-CEOs and spurred employee protests and customer boycotts.
The new CEOs are Felicia Thornton and James Gooch.
Jerry Banks, an assistant manager at the Market Basket location in Sagamore, said the employees have a message for the new CEOs.
“We’re just trying to get the message across to these CEOs, to our board of directors that there’s only one solution here and that is getting back our CEO and our president Arthur T. Demoulas,” he said.
Banks said customers are supporting employees’ efforts as well.
“The support has been tremendous. People are actually coming, signing our petitions, asking questions. We’re out there answering to the best of our ability. And a lot of them are not happy about what they’ve been hearing from these new CEOs these last few weeks and they’ve actually turned back around and gone in their cars and said they’re going to shop elsewhere,” he said.
He said the protests are all about employees’s devotion to their previous leader.
“We’re taking care of the customers the best we can and still proving our point and explaining and educating our customers on what exactly we’re doing here which is really nothing for ourselves such as raises or anything to do with money. It’s just about getting Arthur T. Demoulas back as our president and CEO,” he said.
Some employees that have participated in protests have been fired and some stores have attempted to stall deliveries being brought in by replacement drivers to keep store shelves stocked.