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Big Y Foods, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryGrocery
FoundedChicopee, Massachusetts (1936) (as "Y Cash Market")
HeadquartersSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
Number of locations59
Key peoplePaul D'Amour, Gerald D'Amour, Founders
Donald D'Amour, Chief Executive Officer
Charles D'Amour, President/COO
RevenueIncrease$1.22 Billion USD (2004)
Websitebigy.com
 
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Big Y Foods, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryGrocery
FoundedChicopee, Massachusetts (1936) (as "Y Cash Market")
HeadquartersSpringfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
Number of locations59
Key peoplePaul D'Amour, Gerald D'Amour, Founders
Donald D'Amour, Chief Executive Officer
Charles D'Amour, President/COO
RevenueIncrease$1.22 Billion USD (2004)
Websitebigy.com

Big Y Foods, Inc. (or Big Y) is an American supermarket chain. Big Y has stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts; it operates under the names "Big Y World Class Market" or "Big Y Supermarket."

In 1936, a young entrepreneur, Paul D'Amour, with aid from his brother Gerald and sisters Ann Marie, Yvette, and Gertrude, purchased the Y Cash Market in the Willimansett section of Chicopee, Massachusetts at an intersection where two roads converged at a "Y". On December 12, 1936, the brothers began Y Cash Market, the forerunner of Big Y. The company is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. Big Y now is run by cousins Charles and Donald D'Amour.

Big Y is one of the largest independently-owned supermarket chains in New England, and employs over 8,500 people. Big Y is the 268th-largest private company in the United States, according to the 2005 Forbes Magazine "500 Largest Private Companies" list.[1]

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Stores

As of March, 2012, Big Y operates 59 supermarkets (29 in Massachusetts and 30 in Connecticut);[2] many of which are in the metropolitan areas of Springfield, Worcester, and Hartford, Connecticut. Big Y also operates the Table & Vine liquor store in West Springfield, plus the Fresh Acres Market, a concept mixing an open-air-style farmers' market with upscale food choices, in Springfield. Throughout its region, Big Y competes mostly with Boston's Stop & Shop, and to a lesser extent with Boston-based Shaw's and Albany, New York's Price Chopper chain.

Some Big Ys offer free child care for customers, operating as the Little Y Kids' Club. Big Y also competes by offering "buy one, get two free" sales and special coins redeemable for discounts that change bi-monthly.

Unlike most supermarkets, whose sales run Sunday to Saturday, Big Y's sales week is Thursday to Wednesday, as most customers get paid on Thursdays.

In 2011, Big Y's 75th anniversary, plans included a gala and a sweepstakes for customers with a top prize of $75,000; the drawing was held at the Big E.

Expansion

In 2010, Big Y announced that its expansion included Lee, Franklin, and Milford, Massachusetts; according to its website, each town would have a store by 2012. The Lee store opened in November 2011; while the Franklin store opened in August 2012, the chain's newest location. During 2011 Big Y also announced a new store in Foxborough, expanding into the Greater Boston area, but plans for that location have been postponed.

While Big Y has stores near the New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont borders, expansion into these states has not been announced.

In late 2010, Big Y purchased seven stores from A&P, which was abandoning central Connecticut. Four of these (Branford, Mystic, Old Lyme, West Hartford) were re-opened as Big Y World Class Markets, bringing Big Y's Connecticut store count at the time to 28. Another Big Y opened in Meriden, Connecticut in August 2011.

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