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July 18, 2014

UPDATE: Crowd of more than 1,000 at Market Basket HQ for rally

TEWKSBURY - A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 people is gathered at the Market Basket headquarters here for a scheduled rally in support of deposed CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Some workers, including managers at the Market Basket supermarket chain, have threatened to walk off their jobs today in a show of support for their fired boss

Company officials have cordoned off areas in parking lots to allow the protestors, many of them carrying signs in support of Demoulas, to gather on company property.

The rally had been scheduled for 10 a.m. , but had not started by 10:30 a.m.

The protestors started arriving before 8 a.m. One group came in a yellow school bus.

A Tewksbury police official said the company hired officers on the property for details.

Other officers were directing traffic in the tightly confined area.

The crowd was orderly.

Members of the news media are not being allowed onto the headquarters property.

One sign leading into the entrance of the property said "We Will Not Go Quietly."

Another sign declared "Arthur T. We Have Your Back."

The new CEOs, Felicia Thornton and Jim Gooch, said in a letter to workers yesterday that those who walk away from their jobs could be fired.

Arthur T. Demoulas, a member of the family that owns the privately held chain, lost his job in a long-running battle with a cousin for control.

Thorton and Gooch said the power to reinstate Demoulas lies with the board that fired him in June.

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