Aurora To Get New Union Grocery Store
Nashwauk Market Ownership Group Anounces New Market in Aurora!
In a year with a pandemic, presidential elections, and murder hornets many of us could use some news about people working together. On October 15th, we received just such news. In a grand community event that featured picnic tables and some of the best porketta on the planet, the ownership group including Nashwauk Market, East Range Meats, and East Range Market announced their plans to bring a new grocery store to the city of Aurora. Aurora, located in the eastern Iron Range area of Minnesota, has been officially classified as a food desert, meaning an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Bringing good wholesome food to a food desert in the state of Minnesota is always good news, but it is even better when it comes along with good union jobs. Co-owner of East Range Market, Ben DeNucci said they expect to create 10-20 permanent UFCW 1189 jobs. Ben and Tony Fragnito are the current owners of Nashwauk Market where they currently employ UFCW 1189 members. They stated that if they were to open another shop on the range that they wanted their new employees to be members of UFCW 1189 as well.
The word of the day was partnership, partnership with a community that desperately needed a grocery store to feed its families, partnership with local government that was helping to pave the way for the new market, and partnership with the labor that would work in the new market and help deliver food to the community. Community members in attendance expressed their appreciation for not only the new opportunity to access nutritious food, but also the creation of new union jobs.
In a year where our country is experiencing so much division it is nice to see that business and labor can work together to deliver much needed relief in an underserved community.