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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".

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Marlborough, CT Big Y Opens

SPRINGFIELD, MA (January 15, 2019)

On Thursday, January 24th, Big Y will be celebrating the opening of their newest World Class Market at 7 East Hampton Road Route 66, in Marlborough CT. A cake cutting ceremony at 10:30 AM will officially mark the opening where state and community officials have been invited to attend as well as representatives from local school districts. This 53,935 square foot market boasts many new innovations both inside and outside of the store. M3-5 LLC developed this location where site work began in July 2017 and building construction commenced on April 1, 2018. Big Y held several job fairs last December and is proud to hire and train 112 new employees to staff the store.

Big Y’s Marlborough store director, Susan Main, has been with Big Y for over 14 years and as store director since 2007.

The store will be open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Sundays. The pharmacy hours are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on weekdays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays, and 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sundays.

According to Big Y’s president and chief operating officer, Charles L. D’Amour: “All of us at Big Y are excited to offer the Marlborough community a brand new shopping experience and a new option for their grocery and lifestyle needs. We know that our customers will appreciate the selection and quality of our fresh foods and the variety and value that our new store has to offer.

On December 7th and 8th, Big Y held a “Local Foods Discovery Tour” event at the store to find local products to sell at this location. The event was a huge success and resulted in several new items that will be available to customers. These include apple butter and apple sauce from Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury; apples from Bussa orchards also in South Glastonbury; cookies from Ginger & Pickles Baking Co. in Glastonbury; and milk from Mountain Dairy in Storrs.

Other local items that will be available in this store are milk and cream from Shadow Valley Farms in Somers; ricotta cheese from Sam Malucci & Sons Dairy Products in Hartford; Shady Glen Ice Cream from Manchester; bagels from Between Rounds Bakery in Vernon; chips from Deep River Chips in Deep River; Stony Creek Brewing Company craft beers from Stony Creek; Capa D'Roma Gourmet Pasta sauce from Hartford; and Maple Kraft Bourbon barrel aged pure maple syrup from Sandy Hook.

Headquartered in the fertile valleys of Southern New England, Big Y’s produce buyers take advantage of a full array of top quality native grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. In addition to local produce, Big Y’s team sources high quality fresh produce from throughout the United States such as Driscoll’s Strawberries
and Foxy lettuce both from CA. Big Y also offers almost 100 varieties of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables including native ones in season. At the time of the store’s opening, shoppers will be able to purchase microgreens from Gilbertie's Herbs in Easton, hydroponic romaine lettuce from H20 Farms in Guilford, and hydroponic bib lettuce from Maple Lane Farms in Preston. Other local farmers from throughout Connecticut who will be offering items at different times include Belltown Hill Orchards, Bussa Orchards, Buell's Orchard in Eastford, Fairweather Acres in Rocky Hill, Ceccarelli Farms in Northford, and Defrancesco Farms in Northford.

This World Class Market boasts an eat-in café restaurant seating area where shoppers can dine on home-style meals without the home-cooked effort. The Big Y kitchen serves authentic restaurant quality hand tossed pizza made fresh to order by using fresh, store made dough and the highest quality ingredients available. This

traditional style pizza is then hearth baked to perfection. Other offerings such as fried and rotisserie chicken, rotisserie chicken pot pies, a wing bar, hot fresh foods bar, soup bar and full service sandwiches round out some of the many offerings available every day.

A full service floral department is bursting with bouquets, arrangements, balloons and foliage plants.

The old fashioned butcher makes a return with custom cuts and cooking instructions are available upon request, as well as American grass fed beef, free to roam in open pastures and containing no antibiotics or hormones; USDA Prime beef found mostly in restaurants as only 2% of all graded beef is Prime as the higher ratio of marbling gives it extreme flavor, tenderness and juiciness; All Natural Choice Angus Beef, no hormones, no antibiotics ever and 100% product of the USA; Smart brand Organic chicken an air chilled chicken providing better tasting poultry.

The full service seafood department offers more than 100 varieties of fresh fish from New England piers and is staffed with certified seafood handlers that can also help with preparation tips, recipes and suggestions.
Big Y’s seafood team emphasizes the best fish and chips around and fresh haddock, shrimp, clams and scallops cooked in zero trans fat canola oil. Store made Sushi is produced fresh every day by fully trained Sushi chefs. Big Y has made a long term seafood sustainability commitment with the Marine Stewardship Council.

The Marlborough Delicatessen, where all meats and cheeses are freshly sliced to order, offers premium all natural, gluten free World Class Deli selections as well as a wide variety of cheeses from around the world and an olive and antipasti bar with a dozen varieties of imported olives, fresh mozzarella balls, and stuffed grape leaves. Big Y has Certified cheese merchants available to assist in making any cheese selections. Big Y’s “Just Like Mom’s” salads are made fresh and without preservatives.

Offering a full bakery shop with cake decorators on staff to prepare cakes for any occasion, the store also offers a full selection of almost 35 varieties of “Just Enough” single serve desserts. Local offerings include Italian pastries and cannoli as well as award winning breads. “The Finest in New England” fruited pies from Lyman Orchards are available in apple, blueberry and more.

The grocery aisles not only stock items typically found in a modern supermarket, but also a wide variety of specialty, local and gourmet foods. The store will also feature an expanded Living Well Eating Smart section with a wide variety of natural, organic and gluten free products allowing customers to a live a healthier lifestyle. For peanut butter lovers there is freshly ground peanut butter and nut butters on site to purchase or grind your own to take home. Stonewall Kitchen gourmet products are featured at the market with their outstanding quality and unique offerings to make meals something special. In addition Big Y’s Beer department includes a broad selection of craft and local beers.

Big Y continues their efforts to be environmentally responsible and energy efficient including:
EV charging station for customers and employees to use free of charge; LED lighting in the refrigerated cases and throughout the store saving energy and improving the shopping experience; full store building management system optimizing equipment and refrigeration operations; and, composting and single stream recycling programs in place reducing the amount of trash going to landfills.

Another new feature in this store is 4 self-scan registers to speed up the checkout process for customers.

As part of the Grand Opening celebration, Andover Elementary School, RHAM High School, RHAM Middle School, Gilead Hill School, Hebron Elementary School, and Marlborough Elementary School will each receive a donation to reflect Big Y’s longstanding commitment to education. Big Y’s programs include an annual merit scholarship program that has awarded over $3 million since 1984, store tours for schoolchildren, and support of many local educational programs.

Along with free wifi in the stores’ eat-in-café area, there are also USB charging outlets for re-charging cell phones, smart phones and other portable devices.