Big M, or Big M Supermarkets, is a chain of grocery stores operating in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. Some Big M Supermarkets are owned by independent private owners while the rest of the Big M Supermarkets are operated by P&C Foods, which is a subsidiary of Penn Traffic Co.
Nothing much can be found as to the origins of Big M Supermarkets. However, this chain of grocery stores boomed in terms of expansion when it was acquired by P&C Foods, Inc. Big M was bought by P&C Foods, Inc. in the late 1950s as part of its expansion process.
By 1969, there were already 50 Big M stores being operated by P&C Foods. Three more Big M stores were opened around 1979. The expansion of Big M continued and by 1989, there were already 71 Big M supermarkets being run by P&C Foods.
However, Penn Traffic Co., Big M’s parent company, was encountering profit losses and was deep in millions of debt by the middle of 1992. During the following years, Penn Traffic was still getting deeper in debt which was why it filed for bankruptcy twice. On November 18, 2010, Penn Traffic Co, filed for Chapter 11 liquidation under bankruptcy. This action provides for the liquidation of all its property and the allocation of the proceeds to creditors holding valid claims. Those Big M Supermarkets that were being operated by P&C Foods (under Penn Traffic) will be included in the liquidation process. The remaining Big M stores, those that are independently owned will remain in operation. The main concern of these independent owners will now be where and how they will be getting the products that they will be selling in their respective Big M stores. This concern however is still not a crippling blow to their business as the independent owners can always find alternative suppliers that can give them the quality of goods that they want. Currently, Big M Supermarkets is still a strong competitor in the area of retail grocery.
Like all other supermarkets, Big M supermarkets offer delicatessens, beverages, meat products, seafood and other grocery goods.
Headquarters: Syracuse, New York
A subsidiary of Penn Traffic Co.
No. of Stores: 38
Annual Revenue: not disclosed
No. of Employees: not known
Geography: New York, Pennsylvania
Demography: price shoppers, value shoppers
Big M Supermarkets