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 Store in Derby, CT
SPRINGFIELD, MA (December 5, 2017)
Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced plans to open a World Class Market located at 656 New Haven Avenue in Derby, CT. This market would be approximately 60,000 square feet within the soon to be redeveloped 177,000 square foot retail center. This location would be the 71st Big Y market with locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Big Y maintains a strong presence as part of the southern Connecticut community of New Haven County, as this will be the chain’s 8th World Class Market there. They currently operate stores in Ansonia, Branford, Cheshire, Guilford, Meriden, North Branford, North Haven and Naugatuck.
The proposed Derby Big Y World Class Market represents an investment of over $5 million by Big Y into the local community. In addition, the project will provide several opportunities for local contractors during the construction process. More than 150 full and part time positions will be created 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 Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to bringing Big Y’s world class service, quality and selection closer to shoppers in Derby 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. In addition to these products, there will be a full service pharmacy located within the supermarket.
This shopping center is being redeveloped and marketed by DLC Management Corporation of Elmsford, NY with an anticipated opening in 2019. As part of the project DLC Management Corporation plans overhaul the center with a multi-million dollar renovation which will include façade modernization, parking lot repaving/restriping, sidewalk repairs, streetscape and landscape enhancements along with lighting improvements.
“We at DLC are extremely thrilled about this project. To bring a brand like Big Y to Derby will have such a profound impact on the local community and economy,” said Chris Ressa, DLC’s Senior Vice President of Leasing. “We are honored to be a part of this development and remain committed to making Derby 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.
About DLC Management Corporation
DLC Management Corporation is one of the nation’s preeminent private retail real estate companies, with expertise in acquisitions, new developments, redevelopments, leasing, and management. Headquartered in New York, DLC has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC. For additional information about DLC Management Corporation, please visit www.dlcmgmt.com.