Family feud causes revolt at Market Basket stores

Workers demand re-hiring of former CEO

Meat manager Dave Fillebrown wipes down largely empty shelves Thursday, July 24, 2014 at a Market Basket supermarket in Haverhill, Mass. A decades-long family feud, which brought about the ouster of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO of the privately held company, led to a worker revolt, customer boycotts and empty shelves in the grocery chain's stores in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 100 Massachusetts legislators and mayors, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan have publicly supported the employees. (AP Photo)

BOSTON (AP) — Board members of the Market Basket grocery store chain are meeting behind closed doors to discuss the future of the beleaguered company as thousands of employees and customers protest the firing of their popular chief executive.

The workers’ revolt has severely depleted store shelves and prompted customers to shop at competitors’ stores.

By midday Friday, the board meeting was still ongoing and there was no immediate word from the board.

Employees are demanding the reinstatement of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, who was fired last month by a board controlled by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.

Arthur T. Demoulas has offered to buy out his cousin. Arthur S. Demoulas told WHDH-TV Friday that he hasn’t yet seen his cousin’s offer and doesn’t know if it will be accepted.

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