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Big Y Foods, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Big Y operates 84 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut including 71 supermarkets, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 10 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations with almost 12,000 employees. Big Y has been recognized by Forbes as a Best-in-State Employer in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as Employer of Choice by the Employers Association of the Northeast. Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D'Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts where two roads converge to form a "Y".

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Big Y named Forbes Best in State for 3rd year in a row

Ranked Best State Employer for MA and CT since 2019

SPRINGFIELD, MA [Novemeber 8, 2021] – For the third year in a row, Big Y has been recognized as a Forbes Best-In-State Employer” for 2021. Forbes America’s Best-In- State Employers have been identified across all industries based upon an independent survey of employees who anonymously recommend their employers for this award. Employers such as Big Y have no knowledge of which employees are polled nor do they have the ability to influence the results in any way. According to Forbes, employees are asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. Employees are also asked to give their opinions on a series of statements surrounding work-related topics such as working conditions, salary, potential for development and company image regarding their current employer. Big Y’s award spans 25 different industries.

According to Big Y President and CEO, Charles L. D’Amour ”We are honored to be recognized by Forbes for the third year in a row as a Best-In-State Employer in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Our employees are the heart and soul of our company and being honored by them in this way is truly humbling. As always, we are grateful to every one of our 12,000 fellow employees for their caring, dedication and service to our customers and our communities. These last few years have been challenging for everyone. We are proud of our employees’ resilience, courage and efforts to see that our customers’ needs are met with the highest quality and service. We hope to continue to do our best to provide a safe, engaging and welcoming workplace that encourages personal development and provides good jobs and opportunities for all. “

Big Y puts a strong emphasis on employee experience focusing on flexibility, overall recognition, work/life balance and fostering a culture of caring and inclusion. Receiving this award shows the importance of every employee’s voice where all are encouraged to share ideas and collaborate with their teams.

Big Y has also been named as Forbes Best in State for Diversity, Forbes Best Employers for Women and Forbes America’s Best Large Employers.