New CEOs urge Market Basket workers to return

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — The Market Basket supermarket chain’s new co-CEOs are urging protesting employees to go back to work, saying they are committed to continuing its “tradition of excellence and dedication.”

Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch said Tuesday  they saw no alternative but to fire eight employees, including some protest leaders, over the weekend because those individuals “took significant actions that harmed the company.”

Workers stopped some deliveries, leaving empty shelves at stores,  and held rallies demanding the return of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. He was fired in June by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, in a long-running feud over leadership of the family business.

Arthur T. Demoulas said Monday the workers shouldn’t have been fired and should be reinstated.

Thornton and Gooch say they are committed to earning the trust of workers and customers.

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