Big Y Foods Incorporated, also known as Big Y World Class Market or Big Y Supermarkets, is located in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is still family owned and run by D’Amour family.
Why call it Big Y? Because Big Y Foods began as a 900-sq.-ft. grocery store at a Y intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Now, 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 consists of Big Y Supermarkets, two food and liquor stores called either table and vine and fresh acres, and a pair of pharmacies. 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 began as Y Cash in December of 1936, in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Paul D’Amour, who worked for Wonder Bread as a salesman, along with his siblings, purchased the “Y Cash Market.” It was named this because of its location at the apex of a forked road which formed a “Y.” It was later renamed Big Y Foods, Incorporated. Just before the start of World War II in 1940, the business had grown twenty-fold and had expanded three times its original size of 900 square feet. In 1947 the end of the war brought such a post-war boom, the D’Amour brothers decided to open another store in what used to be a bowling alley. They also incorporated the same year things such as frozen food preparation and new packaging advances that were revolutionizing how America bought and prepared food. They employ now over 11,000 people.
Big Y's clean energy efforts follow a long history of Earth-friendly operations. Big Y Supermarkets were among the first to offer reusable grocery bags. Big Y keeps cutting pollution by boosting energy efficiency. Factor in benefits to the bottom line and Big Y Supermarkets serves as an example for any business that wants to do well while doing good. Big Y Supermarkets also cares about the community: they have donated food worth over $4,500,000, and awarded scholarships totaling $250,000 to more than 300 students. Big Y Foods is also sponsoring Thomas R. Flanagan Memorial Grants and the Connecticut Association of Schools Governor’s Scholars Program for schools.
Check out their website to see all their services, departments, find their locations or benefit from their savings. You can enroll in their MyBigY program to receive the loyalty program card lick2card and benefit from their coupons directly or you can check their weekly flyer ad to stay tuned for their best offers and promotions.