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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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Big Y Produce Manager Wins National Award

SPRINGFIELD, MA (September 14, 2017)

United Fresh Produce Association has chosen Big Y World Class Market Produce & Floral Sales Manager Lou Kwisnek as one of 25 winners in its 2017 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. This year, in Chicago, IL, Kwisnek was honored among 25 outstanding produce managers representing supermarket chains, commissaries, and independent retail stores from 15 different states and 2 Canadian provinces. Big Y's Kwisnek was selected amongst hundreds of nominations across the industry.

Winners are selected by a special team of produce experts and based upon a number of criteria including efforts to increase produce consumption through everyday excellence in merchandising, special displays and promotions, community service and commitment to total customer satisfaction. Since the program began in 2005, nearly 300 retail produce managers, representing more than 90 different retail banners, have been honored for their contributions to the industry.

“Produce managers are the face of our industry to the consumer. Their creative merchandising and positive approach to customer service directly correlates to the growth of sales and ultimately consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said United Fresh Foundation's CEO, Tom Stenzel.

Kwisnek has been with Big Y for 14 years. He started his career as an assistant produce manager before he started training to become a produce and floral sales manager in 2007. He assumed that position in September of 2008 and has held it ever since.

According to Kevin Barry, Big Y's Director of Produce and Floral – “For several years, Lou has been the produce manager in one of the busiest Big Y stores. His commitment to excellence can be seen on a daily basis in his outstanding and creative merchandising throughout his department. He is an outstanding communicator and teacher, and has trained several young associates in the art of running a first class produce department. Taking care of the needs of his customers is his number one priority. Lou was responsible for initially and successfully executing the Big Y partnership with the University of Massachusetts Student Farm in Amherst, MA. We are all excited that Lou has been chosen for this award by the United Fresh Produce Association. We also thank Dole for sponsoring such a prestigious award.”

Past Big Y award winners are Rick Stolarik in 2010, DJ Bertoldi in 2011, John Heon in 2012, Jeff Vocatura in 2013, Gina Wasilefsky in 2014, Ron Tarini in 2015, and Jennifer Ratkiewicz in 2016. Big Y has had 3 top five placements amongst their 7 winners of this national award.