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’s Real Estate and Development group welcomes Colin M. D’Amour
SPRINGFIELD, MA (May 21, 2019)
Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the appointment of Colin M. D’Amour as a senior manager of procurement within Big Y’s Real Estate and Development team. In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of purchasing and equipment buying for the company’s 80 plus locations. As part of their Real Estate Committee, he is involved in evaluating viable expansion opportunities across all operating formats including Big Y World Class Markets, Fresh Acres, Table & Vine and Big Y Express divisions. He is also project manager for the expansion of Big Y’s Distribution Center current expansion project. In addition, he oversees multiple programs and initiatives with Topco Associates, a Chicago based member owned company that provides aggregation, innovation, and knowledge management solutions for its food industry member-owners. He reports to Mathieu D’Amour, vice president real estate store development.
D’Amour began working as a service clerk at Big Y supermarkets in 1998 at the age of 14. From there, he held several positions including produce clerk, warehouse selector, construction/remodel store projects coordinator, and completed Big Y’s Supermarket 101 training program.
In 2007, D’Amour accepted a commission with the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant where he served with distinction, ultimately earning the rank of Captain. In 2010, he was deployed to Helmand, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While serving in the United States Marine Corps, he was both a purchasing officer and a construction manager in support of the Afghan National Security Forces throughout his area of operations. He was actively involved with project prioritization, scope identification, project bidding and evaluation.
In 2014, he left active duty in the Marines, and he returned to Big Y entering the store director training program and was appointed assistant store director in their Great Barrington, MA store a year later. By 2016, he was promoted to store director in Pittsfield and later to Lee in the same role before being selected for his most recent position last year as a corporate center store sales manager.
D’Amour is one of 6 third generation of D’Amours who is actively involved in the company. He is a grandson of Big Y co-founder, Gerald E. D’Amour and son of president and CEO, Charles L. D’Amour. A graduate of Boston College, he holds personal decorations from his military service including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He and his wife, Sharee, have three children.