The saga of the Demoulas family and their Market Basket supermarket chain may sometimes read like a soap opera, but it’s really more of a drama from Classical antiquity, complete with warring cousins, hand-to-hand combat, strife among prosperous citizens, and even a wayward son named Telemachus.
It began nearly 100 years ago, when the late Arthur Demoulas opened a grocery store in Lowell. Over time, his store grew into a regional supermarket empire. But while the Demoulas family kept control of that empire, they couldn’t control the infighting. A bitter feud split the family, and in the most recent installment, it has led one grandson, Arthur S. Demoulas, to oust the current president, his cousin and namesake Arthur T. Demoulas.