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7/7/2015 - Mayor Finch Celebrates Groundbreaking at New Popeyes Restaurant

“Bridgeport is getting better every day. Small business owners, investors and job creators see the progress and are choosing to open their businesses here.” -- Mayor Bill Finch

Bridgeport, Conn (July 7, 2015) – This week, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch was in Black Rock celebrating the groundbreaking of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a project that will create over 100 jobs.

“Bridgeport is getting better every day. Small business owners, investors and job creators see the progress and are choosing to open their businesses here,” said Mayor Finch.

This will be the second Popeyes to open in the Park City. Owner Rahman Hashimi opened a Popeye’s in 2012 on North Avenue.

The new restaurant will be located at 2201 Fairfield Avenue, conveniently located off of I-95.

Hashimi has worked with Mayor Finch and the city to create new jobs for residents with his construction of both restaurants.

According to Hashimi, a New York business owner, he likes to utilize local workers and contractors on all of his projects rather than outsourcing.

“Every time we start a job from the beginning, we look for local [contractors] to do our site work, our plumbing, electric, and other finishes that goes after the building,” stated Hashimi.

“Local people definitely help because they know the rules and regulations in permitting and all that, so that definitely expedited that work because they are local.”

The development will create about 110 employment opportunities for Bridgeport. This is similar to 2012 when his first Popeyes created 102 jobs.

According to Mayor Finch many of the construction workers on the site were from Bridgeport, which is great to know that this development will employ Park City residents both during and after construction is over.

Hashimi also made a point to mention how supportive Mayor Finch and the city had been throughout the project.

“I like his organization and his team, they support us in every section of the process,” stated Hashimi.

“To run a big project like this, it required a lot of work; a lot of permitting, a lot of inspection. Their support definitely expedited that and is also making jobs available to people faster.”