BIG Y EXPANDS INTO CHESHIRE, CT

Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Everybody's Market at 1021 South Main St. in Cheshire CT. Everybody's will remain open until the closing of the transaction on June 12th. The 33,200 square foot store will close for just one week in order to clean, upgrade and refurbish equipment, restock with fresh food and Big Y's own label products including Full Circle Organics line, change and upgrade signs and shelf labels, and replace all of the front end registers and computers. The store changeover process will take seven days and the store will be ready and open for business on Thursday, June 19th.

All current Everybody's Market employees as well as other interested applicants are encouraged to apply for employment with Big Y as the company estimates needing 135 part time and full time employees to staff the market. Applicants should first complete their application on line at www.bigy.com/careers. Big Y has opened a hiring site at the current Everybody's Market Plaza at 1027 South Main St. in Cheshire. The hiring site will open through May 17th unless all positions are filled. Hiring site hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9AM-5PM, Thursday from 9AM-7PM and Saturday from 9AM-3PM and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Once hired, new employees will have an opportunity to train at nearby Big Y World Class Markets in Naugatuck, North Haven and Meriden. Training will include customer service, signature products, food safety, product ordering, employee and customer engagement, and high quality standards as is customary for all Big Y employees. Big Y has an extensive benefits package that includes 401k, Paid Time Off, Medical and Dental insurance plans, Flexible Spending Accounts and Tuition Assistance. Big Y is a Drug Free, Smoke Free workplace.

The new store will be called Big Y's Everybody's Market. Veteran Big Y store director, Mike Dirienzo will bring his more than 7 years of Big Y management experience to manage this location. Regular store hours will be 7AM – 10PM Monday – Sunday. The phone number is 203-272-2266.

Customers will not see significant changes to the market initially; however there will be some added enhancements to the product offerings. Many familiar faces from the current market will be available to assist customers with their shopping needs. Many customer favorites will remain including brands such as Stonewall Kitchens and a vast array of natural, organic and gluten free foods. Customers will be eager to try the addition of Big Y's quality signature products and own label brands which will enhance their shopping experience. Brands such as World Classic Trading Company Deli Meats, Big Y All Natural Angus Beef, Air Chilled Big Y Smart Chicken and almost daily deliveries of fresh seafood from local waters make Big Y unique in the marketplace. Lastly, the company maintains a commitment to fresh produce which is delivered to their stores every day and when possible provides as many local fruits and vegetables as are available during the growing season. Big Y's buyers work with local farmers year round in order to supply as many native crops for their customers as they can. Native produce is available from May through October.

Big Y also utilizes the Nuval Nutritional Scoring System that rates all foods on a scale from 1 to 100 based upon their nutritional quality. The higher the Nuval score, the better the nutrition. Nuval allows customers to quickly and easily compare the nutrition of foods at a glance.

Both Big Y and Everybody's Market are family owned and operated companies that share local American roots and core values. Big Y, based in Springfield MA, has operated stores in Connecticut since 1984. Currently, Big Y operates 31 stores in Connecticut and is committed to supporting communities within their entire marketing area.

According to Big Y's president and COO, Charles L. D'Amour "We are excited to be moving forward with our plans to bring another Big Y market into Connecticut within a very short period of time. We are grateful to all of our associates, both new and 'old', for their efforts to welcome another American family-owned business to the Cheshire community."