Employee arrested at Market Basket in Epping, N.H.

A Market Basket employee at a store in Epping, N.H., was arrested for reckless driving in the store’s parking lot Tuesday morning, Epping police chief Mike Wallace said.

The employee is a 37-year-old clerk at the store named Brian Johnson, Wallace said.

Many employees have been protesting the recent ouster of the company’ previous president Arthur T. Demoulas by his cousin and rival Arthur S. Demoulas. The ouster of Arthur T. is a recent development in a long-running feud between two factions of the Demoulas family. Protests have been held at several of the chain’s 71 stores by employees seeking the reinstatement of Arthur T.


According to, police were on-site at the store after they were called by an assistant store manager to check out two people who were said to be videotaping on the premises.

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Johnson drove in a way that his tires squealed, and his driving “endangered” anyone who was nearby, Wallace said.

No one else was arrested during the incident, Wallace said.

The Market Basket’s new management fired several longtime employees for organizing protests on Arthur T.’s behalf. A story in Tuesday’s Globe reported that Arthur T. is urging management to reinstate those employees.

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