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. The company acquired the assets of two Louis & Clark Drug Stores in Massachusetts in 2011 and rebranded them as Big Y's Louis & Clark Pharmacies.
Big Y is set on getting bigger. To that end, the company has been expanding in Connecticut in 2014 following its purchase of seven supermarkets in northern Connecticut from ailing A&P. 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.
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.
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