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Jul 21, 2014 06:48 AM

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

My nearest MB is about a 25 minute drive so I would only go once a month to stock up on certain items. Now I don't feel like I should shop there until the unrest is resolved.

I was looking forward to the Waltham store opening, I wonder now what's going to happen. with that one.

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  1. Yes.

    It's a pain because it's the most convenient place for me to shop on foot (not to mention the best prices/products I like) but this current regime is not something I want to support.

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    1. re: LeoLioness

      ATD was the primary driving force behind the pricing philosophy at Market Basket. It is believed that prices will go up considerably if the new management sticks. It's an unfortunate (but fascinating) situation, with the workers caught in the middle.

    2. and shop where? MB is the cheapest. fuck the family drama. it has nothing to do with us

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      1. re: Locutus

        It's the cheapest... for now. I think the concerns are that the prices won't stay low if the new management is given free rein. Isn't there talk of unionizing? That'll drive prices up right there.

        1. re: Locutus

          It's not simply family drama. Workers make a decent wage and benefits thanks to Arthur T., and it's reflected in the shopping experience there. All that looks to be at risk now that he's been forced out. I don't shop at Wal-Mart for its exploitative labor practices; this seems to be nearing the same neighborhood.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Perhaps. I am not going to boycott a store and pay more NOW over speculation that prices MAY go up LATER.. makes no sense to me.. It is all fear mongering and speculation.

            Also i really dont believe any company as large as MB is going to make a corporate decision like this based on online petition sites and facebook posts, so really getting sick of seeing them!

            1. re: hargau

              In my mind, the only reason to boycott would be to show solidarity with the employees if one thinks they have a legitimate beef. Since I do not shop at MB, though, I haven't taken the time to investigate and have no view on that. (There are other reasons I would boycott a store -- don't look for me at Hobby Lobby any time soon! -- but I haven't heard anything about MB other than a family dispute that makes me think there might be other reasons to support an MB boycott.)

        2. I know I don't know the whole story, and may be being duped, but I like the whole "Arthur T's a great guy, a man of the people" mythology, and will probably support the boycott, until I hear a strong opposing argument.

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          1. re: justbeingpolite

            Some of you may help me on remembering this: I don't want to make false accusations. I believe the winning De Moulas is the same man who tried to drive his disabled neighbor out of his Commonwealth Avenue condo so that he could expand his ownership to the whole townhouse. if yes, I wouldn't give his store a dime.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              Here's the info on that story. You may need a subscription.


              Quote with your answer: "Those neighbors would be Michael and Frances (Demoulas) Kettenbach, best known for being on the losing side of the infamous and unseemly Demoulas family supermarket feud, also known as the 1990s Full Employment Act for Boston lawyers."


              1. re: BostonZest

                Thank you for the link and the clarification. Family does seem to run to high drama.

          2. I don't go to MB all that often so the issue of me boycotting is moot. However, the current situation didn't happen in a vacuum.

            My understanding of the legal situation is this:

            2 brothers, Telemachus and George, bought the original MB from their dad. T&G had equal shares in the store and then expanded the franchise.

            G passed and G's kids thought they would inherit his 50% share. However, T (Arthur T. is one of of T's kids) had other ideas and allegedly started taking over G's kids' shares (Arthur S. is on of G's kids).

            Major lawsuits were filed in the 90s. Arthur S. filed suit against T. Huge scandals erupted including prominent lawyers being disbarred. For the record, it was T's lawyers who were ultimately disbarred. Regardless, Arthur S. won the lawsuit and was awarded 51% of the shares.

            Somehow, Arthur T (T's side) managed to keep control of the board. I *think* one of Arthur S's siblings sided with Arthur T. But, recently, someone switched back to Arthur S's side. Thus, Arthur S got control of the board, switched out members and Arthur T. lost power.

            I do think current management could have handled the protest better. And, imo, the disagreeing workers shouldn't have been fired. But, knowing the details of the disagreement has kept everything in perspective to me.

            Ultimately, I really hope that the philosophy of keeping prices on the less expensive side remains. And, it's really a shame that this long feud between cousins and siblings is effecting customers. But, Arthur T's side of the family is not without blame for the current situation.

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            1. re: beetlebug

              Thank you for this concise run-down of a bit more of the background on this dispute.

                1. re: black_lab

                  you mean I have to wait until tomorrow for the rest of the rundown?

                  what has the new regime done to their employees for them to put their jobs on the line and protest in mass over a long going family feud? And why is the outed CEO allowing them to do this on his behalf? He's a millionaire in a family with a dark sordid history. Sure he got out manuevered and got the shaft, but this whole blind loyalty protest thing - does anyone understand it?

            2. Yes, I've begun the boycott....and I miss the prices very much. I shopped at the Belmont Star Market instead.