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.
Longmeadow Big Y Is Reborn
SPRINGFIELD, MA (November 7, 2018)
Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the renovations at their Longmeadow, MA World Class Market at 802 Williams Street. This renovation effort began in April of 2018 and included major renovations in many areas of the 29,573 square foot store and various new additions in response to changing customer needs.
An all-new stir-fry station, pizza shop, made to order sub and Panini station, fish & chips, freshly prepared hot food bar, and salad bar have been installed to further enhance the store's lineup of prepared foods. Customers can also enjoy a brand new coffee bar and café area. A sushi department, complete with an on-site sushi chef has also been added.
Meat department has installed a new butcher shop with expanded variety of natural products like grass fed beef, lamb and veal and expanded variety of kosher products and organic Smart chicken.
The upgraded sales floor features the all-new Living Well Eating Smart section, which offers hundreds of organic, natural and gluten free products in grocery, health and beauty, dairy and frozen foods, freshly ground nut butters and an ample selection of bulk dry foods. Big Y's continued its focus on supporting local with great local partners like Red Rose and Frigo's pasta sauces - both from Springfield MA and Parnella natural soaps from Sunderland, MA. Customers will find an expanded offering of Stonewall Kitchen gourmet products.
Enhancements to the pharmacy department include an improved privacy area for customers to receive their vaccines, as well as interactive and informative monthly wellness events.
The produce department has dramatically increased in size, allowing a greater variety in conventional, organic and local fruits and vegetables in season.
In the seafood department, Big Y's famous fish and chips are made fresh to order from fresh, never frozen fillets seven days a week. Other fried offerings include scallops, shrimp, and more. Also available are many freshly made “Quick & Easy Meals” selections that can be easily prepared at home in the microwave or the oven.
New décor and fixtures in all departments, including meat, produce, bakery, and an expanded cheese and olive bar will showcase even more products than ever before. Customers will also notice new exterior signage, as the entire facility has been upgraded.
Store director, Brian Pepe, will continue to manage this store. Brian has been with Big Y since 1999, when he started as a service clerk in the St. James Avenue, Springfield location. He was promoted to store director and assigned to the Westfield location in February of 2015 before transferring to Ware later that year, and then to Longmeadow in May of 2017.
Big Y in Longmeadow originally opened on April 10, 1972. The store's most recent remodel was in 2011. The actual sales floor is 23,188 square feet and has 11 total grocery aisles. The store is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Monday-Saturday and from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Sundays.
A November 8th Grand Reopening event is being planned with complimentary samples of Big Y's celebration cake, coffee, donuts and other refreshments along with store-wide product samples. An official cake cutting ceremony is planned for 10:00 AM where local and state officials are expected to participate. The celebration will continue throughout the next week with free samples of sushi, hot soups, super chicken tenders, World Classics turkey, Berkshire Breads, new cheeses, chicken salad and more.
As part of their grand-reopening celebration, Longmeadow High School, Glenbrook Middle School, Center elementary School, Wolf Swamp Elementary School, Blueberry Hill Elementary School and Williams Middle School will each receive a donation to reflect Big Y's longstanding commitment to education. Big Y's programs include an annual merit scholarship program that has awarded over $3 million since 1984, store tours for schoolchildren, and support of many local educational programs.