Why call it Big Y? Big Y Foods began as a 900-sq.-ft. grocery store at a Y intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts. It now operates more than 60 supermarkets in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Most of its stores are Big Y World Class Markets, offering specialty areas such as bakeries and floral shops, as well as banking. The rest consist of Big Y Supermarkets, two food and liquor stores called either Table & Vine and Fresh Acres, and a pair of drugstores. Some Big Y stores provide child care, dry cleaning, photo processing, and even propane sales, and their delis and food courts offer to-go foods. Big Y is owned and run by the D'Amour family and is one of New England's largest independent supermarket chains.
Massachusetts-based Big Y Foods operates grocery stores in its home state and in Connecticut.
In addition to its 60-plus supermarkets Big Y Foods operates two specialty stores, and a pair of stand-alone drugstores.
Big Y is set on getting bigger. To that end, in 2014 the company opened its fourth Table & Vine Fine Wines, Spirits, and Beer location in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, a-nd a second Big Y Express store in Pittsfield (also in MA) in August 2014.
Big Y also rolled out its own brand of convenience stores with fuel services through a partnership with longtime gas station operator F.L. Roberts & Co. The first of many planned locations, operating under the Big Y Express banner name, opened along the Massachusetts Turnpike Exit in late 2013.
Mergers and Acquisitions
The company has been expanding in Connecticut in 2014 following its purchase of seven supermarkets in northern Connecticut from ailing A&P. In 2014 Big Y also agreed to acquire Everybody's Market in Cheshire.
In 2012 the company launched an online shopping mall -- called The Big Y Marketplace -- that allows customers to earn discounts on groceries by shopping with other retailers online. Its retail partners include Gap, Best Buy, Apple iTunes, Macy's, Sears, and more.
The company acquired two Louis & Clark Drug Stores in Massachusetts in 2011 and rebranded them as Big Y's Louis & Clark Pharmacies.