QUINCY, MA – The owner of a proposed Asian grocery store in North Quincy has reached an agreement with local labor leaders to use union labor to construct the store. The agreement would employ 150 union construction workers for approximately seven months.
“I’m excited to reach this deal to create good union jobs in Quincy,” said Michael Fang, the owner of the Asian grocery store chain CMart Market. “I’m happy to build CMart in a responsible way with union labor.”
Once completed, the store would create 75 full-time jobs as well as a number of part-time positions. The project, which is awaiting a special permit from the city, is being proposed amid an economic development and revitalization boom in Quincy.
“This project will create 150 good jobs at a living wage for workers here in Quincy,” said Robert L. Rizzi, President of the Norfolk Central Labor Council and Quincy and South Shore Building Trades Council. “I’m thankful to Michael Fang and CMart for their enthusiasm in working with union labor. The Quincy Building Trades Council believes this important project will rehabilitate a dilapidated eyesore and is a far better use for this property than other uses the owner could pursue by right.”
CMart, which has three locations in the Boston area, sells fresh produce and seafood as well as Asian specialty items. The proposed 23,207-square-foot store is a rehabilitation of the Boston Gear Works factory building on Hayward Street.