More Terminations, Slowed Deliveries Occur In Market Basket Upheaval

More Market Basket supervisors were terminated last weekend and store deliveries were slowed as some shelves remained empty at some Market Basket stores.

More rallies in support of ousted President Arthur T, Demoulas were planned for Monday, July 24. Also joining the rallies to reinstate Mr. Demoulas were customers and area legislators.

Terminated last weekend were long-time warehouse manager Dean Joyce and six others representing 280 years of experience. Joyce had worked for the company 35 years; Joe Garon, 49 years; Tom Gordon, 40 years; Steve Paulenka, 40 years; Jim Lacourse, 35 years; Joe Schmidt 27 years; and Mike Kettenbach, 13 years.

An estimated crowd of 2,000 Market Basket employees and customers staged a rally Friday morning July 18 outside Market Basket headquarters in Tewksbury, Mass.

David McLean served as Market Basket operations manager for 38 years but resigned upon the firing of Mr. Demoulas. Commenting after the rally, he said, “I am amazed but not surprised by this display of loyalty to Arthur T. Demoulas. There is no better team than the Market Basket family of Associates. They are passionate, dedicated and loyal – to both Market Basket and Arthur T. Together we have built this company. We are very worried about these hard working people and their families. Family has always been our top priority. And that will never change.”

The co-chief executive officers of Market Basket were attempting to arrange meetings between associates and the board of directors to discuss worker demands to reinstate Mr. Demoulas. Co-CEOS Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch urged workers to decide individually whether to participate in a job action but warned of future consequences. “If you choose to abandon your job or refuse to perform your job requirements, you will leave us no choice to permanently replace you.” The new CEOs said the power to reinstate Mr. Demoulas lies with the board of directors who terminated him.

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C&S Names EVO & Chief Human Services Officer

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H., has appointed David Almeda executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective Sept. 1. The appointment of Mr. Almeda, a leading human resources executive, signals the company’s continued focus to drive development of the C&S team in support of the company’s accelerated growth plans.

His efforts will center on talent acquisition, talent development, organizational design, employee engagement and other initiatives.

Prior to joining C&S, Mr. Almeda served for four years as chief people officer at Kronos, a workforce management organization. At Kronos, he created and cultivated the Work Inspired employment brand, which led to enhanced employee benefits and increased charitable efforts and programs.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Almeda worked at The Hertz Corp. and Staples. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Plymouth State University and earned his master’s degree in HR management from Rivier College. He received a doctorate of education in Business and Learning from The Wharton and The Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Berlin IGA Joins Forces With AG New England

Berlin IGA of Berlin, N.H., is making a switch to AG New England from IGA. The store has been owned and operated for the past 28 years by Steve and Susan Tardiff.

Commenting on the switch, Mr. Tardiff said, “It is going to be a big thing for us to drop IGA, but ownership isn’t changing and the employees aren’t changing. I think people shop here more because of our staff and the convenient location of the store than the IGA label. The Shurfine label is every bit as strong as IGA, if not stronger and we’re going to have much more variety with private label items. And really, the biggest thing is going to be the freshness of that truck. That truck’s going to be two hours away not 18 hours away. We also have the inherent advantages of being part of a retailer-owned cooperative.”

Mr. Tardiff added, “Berlin and the whole Northeast is challenged with adequate and timely supply of produce. A lot of your fresh grown vegetables come from California and Chile, so the Northeast is probably the farthest point from the growing fields. That makes it a challenge. Basically, we had delivery problems with IGA. Because of the geography of the store, they just couldn’t seem to make it happen. We’re looking forward to receiving the benefits of AG New England’s world-class technology, a growing distribution center and a delivery system second to none.”

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