In five years' time Charlie's wife Betty came to Canada to
join her husband. By this time Charlie had saved enough
money to buy a house at 39 Beverly St. where they both
lived for the next seven 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,
what Charlie now had was a monopoly for fresh pork
stomachs in all of Ontario.






By the late 80's the building at Broadview was bursting at the seams, we then purchased a piece of land in Scarborough and custom built a new processing plant and moved in 1991.  Approximately ten years later we outgrew this new plant, we then acquired a 2nd building which happened to be adjacent to our existing one.












In 2002 CHARLIES MEATS made an agreement with NoFrills to setup and operate our 1st butcher counter inside of NoFrills located at 681 Silverstar Blvd. known as "Win Win Fresh Meats". Our objective was to serve the Chinese Community in a way that a Western Grocery Store could not. As it turned out, we were more than successful, as of 2011 we have 16 of these independent butcher counters setup in various locations throughout the GTA.

In the 45 years of "CHARLIES MEATS" we have grown from a 2-man operation on Broadview Avenue to more than 250 employees.
ABOUT US 
By 1971, Charlie and Betty decided to start their own business - a meat store. They purchased a small building at 383 Broadview Avenue which was the beginning of "CHARLIES MEATS".  Over the next decade the Chinese population grew substantially, so did the business of CHARLIES MEATS.
In 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 right across from New City Hall in an area, which became 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.
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