Last week the daily reported that Arizona business leaders were leading a movement to generate support for the 77-year-old Bashas’ grocery chain, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.
Four generations of the Basha family have supported Arizona schools, charities and cultural events for decades, easily giving away $100 million to those causes. Herman Chanen, speaking on behalf of the Good Samaritan business leaders, urged residents to support their hometown grocer by patronizing the company’s Bashas’, Food City, A.J.’s Fine Foods and Sportsman’s Fine Wines & Spirits stores.
“They need our help, and it’s time we showed our appreciation,” said Phoenix businessman Herman Chanen, who put up $100,000 to get the campaign off the ground. He stressed that the group is not affiliated with Chandler-based Bashas’ or the Basha family.
Although the economic slowdown and tight credit markets were among the problems faced by the Valley’s only local supermarket chain — Seeing Red AZ has previously covered the fact that the non-union enterprise has been the victim of thuggishly unscrupulous practices by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union – whose relentless attacks and promotion of false claims have cost Bashas’ millions in legal fees, damage control and lost business.
Today Steve Chanen, Herman’s son, authors a Viewpoints piece in which he makes the point that Bashas’ employs about 10,000 employees, ranks among the five biggest employers headquartered in Arizona and is need of consumer support.
Although Eddie Basha has long been active in Democrat politics, running against twice-elected Republican Gov. Fife Symington, we agree that these are unusual times and join the business community in urging customer support of this Arizona business.