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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 70 supermarkets, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 13 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. 

West Springfield Store Grand Re-opening!

Now featuring New Latin produce and grocery section

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (June 13, 2024) – Big Y Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the grand re-opening of their Family Market at 503 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA. The project included major renovations in many areas of the store and various new additions in response to changing customer needs.

One of those additions is an expanded Hispanic Grocery section. The area features traditional ingredients and pantry staples from across Latin America including Brazil and the Caribbean. In addition to traditional ingredients and pantry staples, the Hispanic Grocery Section also features a curated selection of ready-to-eat items, like empanadas, quesadillas, and burrito bowls in the kitchen, a large variety of specialty meats in the butcher shop, seafood featuring octopus and a variety of fish in frozen and Tres Leches Cake and more in the bakery. 

The section also features a selection of Tropical fruits and vegetables like plantains, ajicito peppers (used for making staple sofrito), an expanded selection of roots, sugar cane, chayote, an assortment of chili and more. “We had a ton of demand for these types of products. People were having trouble finding them in the area and started requesting them,” said Sean Thompson, West Springfield, Store Director. “It’s very exciting for us to be able to get our customers what they want. We’re looking forward to customer feedback and invite everybody to come out and tell us what they think,” he added.

The renovation efforts began in February 2023. The remodel and new section are part of the company’s broader strategy to modernize their retail spaces to create a more enjoyable shopping experience for both customers and associates. The upgraded sales floor now features new décor with a farmer’s market style open-air entrance, an expanded grab-and-go section with an added self-serve pizza section, a renovated meat and seafood department, all-new Energy efficient refrigerated cases and upgraded flooring throughout. The exterior façade was also given a more modern look.