Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The First Demoulas Market Basket in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Fighting Two Cousins and All the News it's Making
Cropped photo taken May 14, 2014.
The First Demoulas Market was established in
Lowell in 1917 by Athanasios "Arthur" Demoulas
and his wife Efrosene (Soulemanis) Demoulas.
Immigrants who ten years earlier had arrived
in Lowell from Kalabaka, Greece.
In 1955, the market was incorporated by their
sons Telemachus and George, who expanded the
business to 14 supermarkets before George's
early death in 1971.
Telemachus went on to create on of the
largest supermarket chains in New England.
He became a well known and respected
philanthropist beloved throughout the
acre and the city of Lowell for his
generosity, his vision and his spirit.
He died in 2003 at the age of 82.
The photo above and below were taken behind the house where James McNeil Whistler was born.
(The marker is in the middle, with red car to the left.)
To read more about this family and the business, see Wikipedia HERE or google Demoulas or Market Basket. It is currently on our Massachusetts news non-stop, and on national news as well. I'm posting this because there might be some people who would like to see photos from two of their 71 stores.
As a result of the favored cousin's firing, the employees are extremely upset, as are the customers. People are not shopping in the stores, instead dragging themselves to the more expensive stores such as Hannaford, Stop and Shop and Shaws as a way to force the other cousin to change his ways. Employees and customers are picketing side by side and many customers are bringing food for the employees. This began at least 12 days ago, and nobody knows when it will end or what the outcome will be. Update: Agreement made on August 27th around midnight.
Burial site of Artie T's Father. I am not going to disclose the location, and it isn't on FindAGrave.
“You proved, all of you, that your grass-roots efforts to save your company and harness thousands and thousands of people was not about a family conflict or a Greek tragedy,” he said, “but more about fairness, justice and a solid moral compass that unites the human soul.
Arthur T. Demoulas
The below photos were taken on August 28th. The customers and employees, along with Artie T. are now one happy family, after almost two months of uncertainty.
For those interested in the Demoulas ancestry can see what several researchers have done at the www.Ancestry.com site, on the link for the word Demoulas. Scroll to the bottom to Public Trees, then Public Member Trees.
Friend and genealogy blogger, Heather Rojo posted a genealogy report on the Demoulas family at her blog, Nutfield Genealogy.