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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.

Papa Gino's Pizza Now Available in the Frozen Food Aisle

DEDHAM, MA (January 17, 2018)

Papa Gino's, an iconic New England brand and the Official Pizza of The New England Patriots and The New England Revolution announced the launch of Papa Gino's Traditional Thin Crust Frozen Pizza in grocery stores throughout New England starting with Big Y. This new, exciting distribution channel gives consumers access to Papa Gino's Traditional Thin Crust Pizza at retail locations beginning the week of January 15, 2018.

“At Papa Gino's we are always looking to provide our guests with new, innovative ways to enjoy our Traditional Thin Crust Pizza using our 80-year old family recipe,” says Mark DeBlois, CEO. “We are excited to now offer a top-quality product to the grocery retail channel.”

Tim Lamson, Executive Vice President of Papa Gino's added, “Our top priority when considering entry into the frozen food market was maintaining high product quality and taste consistent with our authentic Papa Gino's signature pizzas served in our restaurants. This new offering now available in grocery stores nicely complements our 150 Papa Gino's restaurant locations.”

Stores throughout New England will be adding Papa Gino's flavors into their frozen aisles, including Cheese, Extra Cheese, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mushroom and Pepper & Onion. Eric Swensen, Big Y's Vice President Center Store commented, “We are excited to be the first

store to offer our customers the classic, distinct taste only available in a Papa Gino's pizza. We are thrilled to provide them with access to this New England treasure.”

Papa Gino's Frozen Pizza is made with the same proprietary Signature Three-Cheese Blend and ingredients found in their restaurants. Pizzas are 12- inches in diameter and are available in the New England region.

About Papa Gino's

Based in Dedham, Massachusetts, Papa Gino's, Inc. is the parent company of Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches. Papa Gino's, Inc. operates nearly 280 company-owned and franchised Papa Gino's, D'Angelo and dual-location restaurants and employs more than 4,000 people. Both D'Angelo and Papa Gino's are committed to providing high-quality products, attentive service, clean, convenient, attractive restaurants and a premium value experience for every guest. The company culture, which is characterized by its values, a strong work ethic and the fair treatment of people, includes a large number of people who have spent their entire working lives in these restaurants, keeping the passion for excellence alive. For more information about Papa Gino's, Inc. and its brands, please visit www.papaginos.com.