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Carpenters Try To Shame Lake Forest Grocery

Company claims protest has nothing to do with local store.

Two men holding a protest sign greeted people driving by The Fresh Market and entering the store in Lake Forest Thursday.

“Shame on The Fresh Market,” read the banner being held by two members of Lake County Carpenters Local 250 based in Waukegan. The two men holding the sign would neither give their names nor talk to Patch.

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The carpenters would only offer a flyer when asked the reason for their protest. The hand out criticized the company’s choice of Tuscany Construction to build its Lincolnshire store going up near the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Half Day Road.

“Turn your back to The Fresh Market for choosing greed over integrity,” reads the flyer.

A spokesperson for The Fresh Market said it had no control over the subcontractors used by Tuscany. Marketing, Public Relations and Customer Relations Manager Drewry Sackett told Patch the builder was not involved with Lake Forest or the local store.

Sackett touted the economic growth The Fresh Market brought to Lake Forest and would offer to Lincolnshire. “Fresh Market is proud of the way we’re bringing 90 new jobs to Lincolnshire as we did in Lake Forest,” she said.

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Hummingbird_Lover March 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM
More union strong arm tactics. This is a right to work state. Live with it union thugs!
el debarge March 22, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Treat them to a delicious Fresh Market pie. In the face of course.
Vicky Kujawa March 22, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Unions outlived their usefulness long ago.
BikePathSupporter April 04, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Actually, Hummingfird_Lover is incorrect! Illinois IS NOT (yet, anyway) a "right to work" (for less) state. The 2 carpenters referred to a "union thugs" actually love and respect Lake Forest, and were very impressed with the beauty and quality of the Fresh Market store. Most Lake Forest residents are unaware that Lake County's Carpenter's Local Union began right in downtown Lake Forest 125 years ago. The location of that first carpenter's union hall is just SSE of the Fresh Market and is within easy view! Unions actually are "A NO BRAINER"! Working men and women benefit greatly from the support and representation they receive from labor unions, today's labor force need UNIONS more than ever! We should not "turn our backs" on the working world that needs a "living wage!"
BikePathSupporter April 05, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Illinois is NOT a "right to work"(for less) state...........but Wisconsin is!

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