On October 28, 1952, Charlie Cheung arrived in Toronto from China in search for a better future. He was only 23 years old. His 1st job was at Fat Laundry, which paid $10 per week. During this time the owner allowed young Charlie to sleep in the back room of the laundry mat because he didn't have enough money to get a place of his own. Shortly after, he got his 2nd job working at Nanking Restaurant located on Elizabeth Street (in a community which would become Toronto's first Chinatown). This job paid $35 per week. Charlie's duties at the restaurant included everything from cleaning floors, cooking, and delivering Chinese food. This was considered a good job for someone without an education. He stayed for 18 years.
In 1957, Betty came to Canada to join her husband Charlie. By this time, Charlie had saved enough money to buy a house at 39 Beverly St. where they both lived for the next 7 years.
During the 1960's, Charlie and Betty had both set a foundation where they could really start to build something substantial. Betty was working as a seamstress in various locations while Charlie continued working at Nanking Restaurant and making connections with other restaurant owners.
In the evenings, Charlie and Betty started producing and selling cured meats from the smoke room they built in the basement of their home. This product became very desirable in the Chinese Community. Charlie then made a deal with Quality Meat Packers to buy all of their pork stomachs, a product that was being disposed of because the Western Market had no use for it. These pork stomachs were a delicacy in the Chinese Community. Charlie now had a monopoly for fresh pork stomachs in Ontario.
In 1971, Charlie and Betty decided to start their own business. They purchased a small building at 383 Broadview Avenue which was the beginning of "CHARLIE'S MEAT". As the Chinese population in Toronto grew over time, so did their business.
Growth & Progress
In 2002, Charlie’s Meat partnered with No Frills to start our 1st butcher counter (Charlie’s World of Meat) inside of No Frills located at 681 Silverstar Blvd. Our objective was to serve the Chinese community in a way that a Western grocery store could not. We did this by offering special products and custom meat cuts used in the cooking of delicacies originating from China & Hong Kong.
With hard work and dedication, we now have 14 butcher locations throughout the GTA.
In business for almost 50 years, we have grown from a 2-man operation on Broadview Avenue to more than 250 employees!
Half century in business and we're moving forward
Charlie's Meat moves into Scarborough distribution building located at 61 Skagway Ave.
In 2002, first-ever Win Win Fresh Meat butcher counter inside Michael's No Frills located at 683 Silver Star Blvd. Scarborough.
First ever Charlie's Meat owned design color catalogue released to public.
Charlie's Meat is founded by a couple Charlie & Betty Cheung, first located at 383 Broadview Ave.
2nd building acquired
By 2011, 14 Win Win Fresh Meat locations across GTA and all located inside selected No Frills to serve all shoppers.
Charlie’s Meat will celebrating 50th Anniversary in business.
In year 2018, Charlie's Meat first ever corporation with a manufacture developed a new specialty cooked Japanese Ramen's Char Shu products.
In line with new Halal & own brand cooked products that will be launch this year.