Star Market Commits To Long Term Lease At Boston's TD Garden

In what company officials are saying will be the largest downtown Boston supermarket to date, Star Market will build a 63,000-square-foot grocery store in Delaware North’s mixed-use TD Garden project.

A preliminary agreement was announced in December of 2013, but Albertson’s LLC, owner of the Shaw’s-Star Market, only signed a long-term lease late last week. The city of Boston approved tax breaks to lure Star Market.

The TD Garden $950 million development includes three towers (hotel, residential and offices). Plans call for the supermarket to be below ground level, accessible via escalators. A Boston neighborhood Supermarket Committee, comprised of residents in the North End, West End and Beacon Hill, has been working with developers toward an affordable supermarket. Stop & Shop closed on Cambridge Street in 2003. A free shuttle bus service has transported residents of those neighborhoods to Shaw’s in Somerville and Stop & Shop in Medford.

Star Market will emphasize hot prepared foods, fresh-cut produce and organics and include a cheese shop, pizza and salad bars, an in-store pharmacy, Starbucks and a seating area. A potential supermarket opening is slated for 2018.

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Teamsters Reach Tentative Contract Deal at Hunts Point

Teamsters Local 202 announced Sunday, Jan. 11 of a tentative contract agreement with Hunts Point Market. The union's 1,300 members will vote Wednesday, Jan. 14 on the tentative deal.

"Our members stood strong and the market knew we were serious," said Daniel Kane Jr., president of Teamsters Local 202. "We said we deserved a fair wage, we fought for it, and we got it."

Hunts Point Market handles most of the produce served at New York area restaurants and grocers.

The contract deal comes on the heels of a strike vote taken by members earlier last week. Ninety-five percent of members approved the strike after merchants gave a "final offer" with raises far short of those proposed by the union. After the strike vote, merchants raised their wage offer.

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Jerry Larsson Named Harry O’Hare Award Winner

JOH has named Jerry Larsson as winner of the prestigious Harry O’Hare Award for 2014. The honor is presented to the person who most personifies the values and qualities that marked the life and career of Harry O’Hare. Hard work, integrity, passion, a positive attitude and team spirit were all part of Mr. O’Hare’s personal and professional legacy. Mr. Larsson has been an employee of JOH since 1998 and is vice president of the JOH Grocery Division. “He has a tireless work ethic and is willing to do what it takes to solve problems and create winning solutions for our clients and customers,” said Gerry Castignetti, JOH executive vice president and sales manager.

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Published reports say Mark Verdi has left his position as president of C&S Grocers and C&S Chairman and CEO Rick Cohen is retaking day to day control of the company.

• Judy Spires, chief executive officer of Kings Super Market, was elected to continue to serve as chair of the New Jersey Food Council. Joining Ms. Spires as association officers are Vice Chairman Richard Saker, Saker ShopRites; Associate Vice Chairman Joe McCarthy, Bimbo Bakeries USA; Treasurer Michael Rothwell, Pennington Quality Markets; and Secretary Michael Murphy, Quick Chek Food Corp.

• Marilynn Rera has joined JOH as senior account business manager in Upstate New York.

• MorningStar Farms has issued a voluntary and precautionary recall of certain code dates of Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because they may contain undeclared peanut.

• The Connecticut Food Assn. (CFA) has announced the passing of Louis A. Romeo Jr., son of former board member Louis Romeo Sr. and brother-in-law to current board member Chris Romeo of West Side Marketplace in Rocky Hill, Conn.

• The CFA annual Meeting and Wine Tasting will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at The Farmington Club, Farmington, Conn.

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