Big Y in the News
Headquartered in Springfield, MA, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Proud to be family owned and operated, we operate almost 80 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 11,000 employees. Big Y has been named a 2015 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".
Big Y in the News contains excerpts from press releases that have been sent to local media.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (December 3, 2018)
In an effort to find even more local products to sell in their newest World Class Market, buyers at Big Y are planning to interview any local vendors that might be interested in selling their particular items at the market which opens in January. Big Y sales buyers will be at their newest location at 7 East Hampton Rd. in Marlborough, CT on Friday December 7th from 12 pm to 4 pm and Saturday December 8th from 10 pm to 2 pm. Called Big Y's “Local Foods Discovery Tour”, it will be a chance for any local producer or farmer to learn about the process of getting their goods into Big Y. For these local vendors, the opportunity to provide an additional sales outlet helps them to enhance their reach beyond their current resources.
Big Y customers have demonstrated their appreciation for the convenience of getting their favorite local products at their neighborhood store. Currently the company boasts over 175 local vendors selling over 4,000 individual local products within their 2 state marketing areas. Local product categories of interest include dry goods, dairy, frozen, general merchandise, prepared foods, fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, and specialty items such as cheeses and wine.
According to Michael P. D'Amour, Big Y executive vice president, “Offering local products to our customers continues to be a corner stone of our values and commitment to supporting other local businesses within our market area. More recently, we have placed renewed emphasis on cultivating hyper-local products that in some cases may appeal to a limited number of our communities. We understand that it is important to our customers to see local brands in their local Big Y.”
As part of Big Y's Local Foods Discovery Tour, potential partners will be able to speak with a buyer to understand the simple process of getting their goods into their market. In addition to specific contact information about the category buyer who is familiar with their type of product, they will receive information about quality, production and packaging standards, state licensing and insurance requirements along with help with procuring bar codes. Buyers will also help with the logistics of transporting products to local stores as they have a wealth of experience with many other local producers and have many options that can work.