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.
Big Y Plans New Market in Clinton, CT
Springfield, MA, (May 7, 2020)
Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced plans to open a World Class Market in the Indian River Shops located at 11 Killingworth Turnpike Clinton, CT. This market would be approximately 55,000 square feet within the soon to be redeveloped 180,000 square foot retail center. This location would be the 72nd Big Y market with locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. Big Y maintains a presence as part of the Clinton Connecticut community of Middlesex County, as this will be the chain’s 2nd World Class Market joining their Old Saybrook store. The project will provide several opportunities for local contractors during construction.
More than 150 full and part time positions are planned at this state-of-the-art market that will rival the finest markets in the world with superior customer service, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, fresh sushi, numerous gluten free and organic items along with other locally produced offerings.
“We are excited to announce this addition to our Connecticut community of stores,” said Charles D’Amour, Big Y’s president and CEO. “We look forward to bringing Big Y’s world class service, quality and selection closer to shoppers in Clinton and surrounding communities.”
As a Big Y World Class Market, it will offer not only superior customer service but also a wide assortment of quality products and specialty items with added convenience in each department with a focus on saving customers time, energy and money. World Class Market highlights include prepared meals including freshly made pizzas and rotisserie chicken dinners, fresh cooked to order fish and chips, a broad selection of specialty and local foods including a wide array of organic and gluten free, a full service butcher shop, seafood direct from New England piers as well as an extensive produce department which offers over 500 different items including organics as well as fruits and vegetables from local farms and orchards. Big Y produce buyers work with local growers throughout the year in order to be able to sell as much native produce as possible throughout the growing season.
The shopping center is being redeveloped and marketed by Greylock Property Group LLC of Mystic, CT with an anticipated opening in 2021. Indian River Shops at Clinton is the proposed redevelopment of 37 acres that served as home of the Morgan School for 65 years. Along with Big Y World Class Market the development will include 65,800 square feet of tenant space, 2-3 restaurants and a 90 room hotel.
“We at Greylock Property Group are extremely excited about this project. To bring a supermarket like Big Y to Clinton will have a profound impact on the local community and economy,” said Kenneth Navarro, partner of Greylock Property Group. “We are honored to be a part of this development and remain committed to making Clinton a remarkable place to live, work, shop, and dine.”
A company strongly committed to giving back to the communities surrounding its stores, Big Y donates food values at more than $4.5 million to local non-profit organizations, schools, churches and educational programs each year. Big Y also awards 300 scholarships worth $250,000 annually to academically outstanding students in their market area. Still another of Big Y’s educational initiatives, the Education Express Program, has helped more than 2,000 local schools earn over $11.5 Million in teaching materials and educational equipment.