A few summers ago, the shelves in Market Basket grocery stores went bare after employees staged a weekslong mass walkout to protest the firing of chief executive Arthur T. Demoulas by the company’s board, which was controlled by his cousin — and nemesis — Arthur S. Demoulas. The workers’ protest attracted attention nationwide and brought to a head an especially acrimonious 25-year family feud that ended with Arthur T. buying out his relatives and gaining full control of the chain.
This summer, it’s been all about filling store shelves — a new Market Basket in Lynn is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Company officials say there will be more than 400 full- and part-time workers at the Lynn store, which is the chain’s 78th location. It will be followed by a 79th later this year, in Fall River.
There’s another number that Market Basket is touting this year: the 100th anniversary of the family-owned chain’s founding in Lowell.
No word on whether Arthur S. is celebrating.