By Dan O'Brien
ANDOVER -- The company hired by the board of directors at Demoulas Supermarkets Inc. appears to have officially taken over management of Indian Ridge Country Club.
Police arrived at 8 a.m. Thursday at the club at 73 Lovejoy Road, along with members of the Market Basket board, according to an online report in the Eagle Tribune of North Andover, adding that a locksmith was called in to change locks.
Indian Ridge is owned by the Tewksbury-based supermarket chain. It recently hired Newtown-based Sterling Golf Management Inc. to run the course.
Last week, longtime Indian Ridge general manager Cheri Nolan told The Sun last week she was intimidated after she was approached by Demoulas board member Gerard Levins, an attorney and two representatives from Sterling Golf Management.
A Sun reporter arrived at Indian Ridge at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, just as police and others were dispersing. A woman standing outside Nolan's office said Nolan was inside but wasn't talking.
When asked if things were resolved, she answered "for now."
A subsequent call to Nolan was not immediately returned.
A call to Kevin Osgood, president of Sterling Golf Management, was also not immediately returned.
On Monday, the Demoulas Supermarkets board fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and two other top executives after a long-running feud over control of the company between he and his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
Last week, the board issued this statement in regards to Indian Ridge:
"Demoulas Market Basket is in the Supermarket business, not the country club business. A few months ago, a Demoulas Market Basket executive chose to order Demoulas Market Basket to hire all the Indian Ridge Country Club's employees, from IRCC, which is a company owned by him, after the Board determined that his IRCC company was no longer going to be paid to operate the Country Club."
Nolan and others at the club are known to be loyal to Arthur T. Demoulas.
A spokesman for Levins told The Sun last week that "no precipitous changes in staffing or pay or benefits are anticipated."
"This is an addition, not a subtraction," the spokesman, David Falcone, said at the time.