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.
Must Be 21 to Buy Tobacco Products at Any Big Y Location
SPRINGFIELD, MA (June 10, 2019)
As of June 17, 2019 customers under the age of 21 will no longer be able to buy tobacco products at any Big Y World Class Market or supermarket, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine or Big Y Express Fuel & Convenience locations. Big Y has announced that it will be raising the minimum age to buy any tobacco products in all of its 80 locations next week. Currently, e-cigarettes and vaping products are only sold in their convenience store division and not in any of their markets.
In compliance with Massachusetts state law, Big Y has already implemented this age requirement in all of its locations within this state as of January 1st. And, in Connecticut, the legislature is planning on a similar requirement as of October 2019. Big Y has taken the initiative to get ahead of this law in order to have a consistent policy for all of their stores across the two states.
According to tobaccofreekids.org: “Increasing the minimum age for tobacco products to 21 is important to reduce smoking and other tobacco use among youth and saves lives.” With this initiative, Big Y has joined several other states and municipalities to help prevent underage tobacco use.
As part of this new policy, Big Y has re-emphasized its training programs to reinforce proper age verification through the use of its electronic age validation systems, computerized training programs for all cashiers, an easy reference calendar to verify age 21 as well as signs in several key areas throughout each location. A sample of the “We Card” signage and calendar are attached.
According to Big Y CEO, Charles L. D’Amour: “For years, we have been diligent in helping families keep cigarettes and tobacco products out of the hands of children. As responsible members of our community, this next step to raise the age to procure all tobacco products to 21 will further protect our families and youth from these products reaching the wrong consumer and end user.”