WESTFIELD SHOPS BIG Y CELEBRATES RE-OPENING

Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the renovations at their Westfield Shops World Class Market at 475 East Main St. in Westfield, MA. This past $1,250,000 renovation effort began in September 2013 and included renovations in all departments including new additions throughout the store. The 65,163 square foot store was acquired from Waldbaum's Food Mart in 2003. This past renovation represents the first major changes since that time.

Every corner of this location was touched by enhancements. Customers will notice new paint, flooring, signs, aisle markers, rest rooms, cases, and fixtures throughout the store. Additionally, the store has been upgraded to meet new green initiatives including energy saving doors on all fresh dairy cases. Every corner of the market has been improved and enhanced. Every department has been upgraded to offer even more selection and variety than ever before. And, there is a new bulk foods section, as well as almost 300 Gluten Free products and almost 700 natural/organic items. Plus, there are some brand new features such as the addition of freshly made Sushi, hot soups and made-to-order 6 and 12 inch grinders. Lastly, students from nearby Westfield State University will be able to use their Owl Bucks program to purchase food at this Big Y.

Veteran store director, Joe Cavanaugh, has been with Big Y for over 31 years. He started as a part time service clerk before moving on to several other full time management positions. His first store management assignment was in Big Y's Worcester market. From there he went on to the same role in five other Big Y's. He has managed this location since 2012.

A May 9th opening event is being planned with complimentary samples of Big Y's celebration cake, coffee, donuts and other refreshments along with store-wide product samples. An official cake cutting ceremony is planned for 10AM where local and state officials are expected to participate. The celebration will continue throughout next week with free samples of sushi, hot soups, super chicken tenders, World Classics turkey, Berkshire Breads, new cheeses, chicken salad and more.