Market Basket

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., September 13 at 10:00 pm

Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of communities impacting tens of thousands of workers and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of most unique corporate dramas in American history.

Tom Porter / MPBN

TEWKSBURY, Mass. - A New England supermarket chain chief executive who was ousted earlier this year but returned after a worker revolt has completed an ownership deal that ends a family feud over control of the company.

Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and his family announced Friday that they completed the purchase of the 50.5 percent of the company that was controlled by his cousin. Demoulas offered $1.6 billion in the buyout proposal in August.

Other details of the deal weren't disclosed.

Tom Porter

BOSTON (AP) _ A New England supermarket chain that was nearly brought to its knees by a feud among owners and a revolt by workers is quickly putting the turmoil behind it. 

Tom Porter / MPBN

BIDDEFORD, Maine - "There's very little that I could ever add to your brilliant work, your extraordinary display of loyalty and the power of your enduring, doing spirit over the past six weeks." Those words, spoken Thursday morning by re-instated Market Basket boss Arthur T. Demoulas, were music to the ears of hundreds of supermarket workers in Maine, and thousands more throughout the region.

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) _ Police have arrested a temporary Market Basket driver who allegedly jumped from his tractor-trailer and waved a hammer at workers picketing the supermarket chain's warehouse.

No one was injured in the Friday afternoon incident.

A Market Basket spokesman said the company "condemns the driver's actions'' and said the driver and his company have been fired.

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) _ The Market Basket supermarket chain says it has sent a final notice to headquarters and distribution workers protesting the firing of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to return to work by Friday.

The company said Tuesday letters were sent to about 200 workers it says haven't reported to work since July 17.

The company said earlier workers who didn't return by Aug. 4 would be replaced, and held job fairs last week.

BOSTON — Three independent Market Basket board members are again calling on the supermarket chain's protesting employees to return to work, and customers to return.

The directors also say they are available to negotiate an end to a battle over control of the company.

Last week, they said they had proposed fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and his management team return to help operations get back to normal without taking control of the company as talks continue on his bid to buy out family members.

Roger Wood / MPBN

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — Thousands of employees, customers and politicians have rallied here in support of fired Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. The crowd, estimated as high as 12,000, jammed a Market Basket parking lot off Interstate 495.

They were there to condemn the company's board of directors for refusing to consider rehiring Demoulas and his management team. Tom Gordon, of Methuen, Massachusetts, one of the fired employees, said that keeping the pressure on through rallies and customer boycotts should eventually change the board's tack.

SEABROOK, N.H. — Police say 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while attending a Market Basket protest in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Police said the accident happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Police said the girl was seriously injured. A hospital spokeswoman said the child was admitted in stable condition. The girl's name was not released.

Investigators said the incident did not appear to be intentional and that the driver is cooperating with authorities as the accident is investigated.

BOSTON — Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials are telling the Market Basket supermarket chain they'll be looking out for the legal rights of any workers fired in a protest over the family-owned company's leadership.

Attorneys General Martha Coakley and Joseph Foster also urged the company Thursday to consider its impact on other businesses in the region, where it employs about 25,000 and has 71 stores.

Tom Porter

About 100 employees from the embattled New England grocery chain Market Basket traveled from southern Maine this morning to take part in a huge rally at corporate headquarters in Massachusetts, where thousands of co-workers are calling for the return of an ousted former CEO.