Big Y in the News
Big Y Foods, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Big Y operates 84 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut including 71 supermarkets, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 10 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations with almost 12,000 employees. Big Y has been recognized by Forbes as a Best-in-State Employer in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as 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 Celebrates Supermarket Employee Day – February 22
SPRINGFIELD, MA [Febraury 21, 2022] – On February 22, Big Y joins supermarkets and food manufacturers nationwide in celebrating Supermarket Employee Day. FMI—The Food Industry Association, has proclaimed this holiday to recognize employees at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives.
With more than 40,000 individual stores that sell food and grocery items in the U.S. alone, supermarkets are the backbones of their communities. Millions of supermarket employees come to work daily to keep shelves stocked and to provide communities with essential services that help them survive and thrive.
“We are thrilled to join in this national celebration of Supermarket Employee Day in recognition of the critical role our teams provide to our communities everyday. I’m so proud of the efforts of each of our 12,000 employees for their dedication, resilience and care. We all appreciate their hard work and commitment” Charles L. D’Amour Big Y president and CEO.
Despite supply chain disruptions or work-force reductions, supermarket employees have demonstrated ongoing resilience. Big Y Supermarket employees have personified compassion and courage.
“Supermarket employees have earned our gratitude and respect, which is why we created a holiday to celebrate them,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI. “The fact is they always have been frontline heroes during periods of crisis. In the face of natural disasters or global pandemics, these brave and dedicated individuals keep communities strong and moving forward.”
“On behalf of Big Y, we invite all residents of our community to stop into one of our stores on February 22 to congratulate and thank our local supermarket heroes,” added D’Amour. “Better yet, honor your favorite heroes in your social media and use the hashtags, #SupermarketEmployeeDay and #SupermarketHeroes.”