Market Basket Co-CEOs Respond to ‘Artie T.’ Statement

Demonstrators display a placards outside a Market Basket grocery store, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Chelsea, Mass. Supporters and employees rallied at Market Basket locations calling for Arthur T. Demoulas to be reinstated as CEO. Workers said the dispute is starting to affect stores, as employees refuse to make deliveries and some shelves are left empty. (AP Photo)
Turmoil continues to grip Market Basket stores.
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Market Basket co-CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch released a statement Tuesday on the employee firings at the grocery chain over the weekend, The Boston Globe reports.

Market Basket fired several management-level employees Sunday afternoon by courier after protests to reinstate CEO Arthur T. Demoulas have brought some stores’ normal operations to a crawl. Many customers have also boycotted the stores in protest of Demoulas’s firing. Demoulas released a statement Monday night calling for those employees’ own reinstatement.

The statement from Gooch and Thornton says the executives “saw no alternative” to the firings. The statement in full:

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“We share many of the sentiments that Arthur T. Demoulas articulated in his statement. The success of Market Basket and the loyalty of both its associates and customers is indeed the result of the dedication and hard work of thousands, from all ranks of the company. Our cashiers and store associates are as important as senior executives. The individuals who were terminated took significant actions that harmed the company and therefore compromised Market Basket’s ability to be there for our customers. We took the difficult step of termination only after we saw no alternative. We are committed to continuing the tradition of excellence and dedication that has been built over several decades. We strongly encourage all associates to return their focus to Market Basket’s customers, their needs and expectations. We understand the strain and emotion facing Market Basket associates. We know and understand that trust and acceptance are earned and cannot be demanded or imposed. We are committed to earning the trust and acceptance of our associates and Market Basket’s customers and hope that our associates will judge us not on our promises, but on our actions as we move forward.”