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 cousins Charles and Donald D’Amour.
Big Y began inauspiciously 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, Gerald, Ann Marie, Yvette, and Gertrude, purchased the “Y Cash Market.” It was named this because of it’s 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 it’s 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. Always taking initiative, the brothers made sure that Big Y Foods kept pace with new innovations in the retail food industry: things such as frozen food preparation and new packaging advances that were revolutionizing how America bought and prepared food.
From its humble beginnings, Big Y Foods has grown into one of the largest grocery chain in the Massachusetts region, which is privately owned. More than half of the stores owned by Big Y Foods are the Big Y World Class Markets rivals some of the big, mass-market stores in the food and service industry. Among the many services Big Y Foods provides are bakeries, floral shops, and delis, with some stores even offering banking, photo processing, baby sitting, dry cleaning services and the sale of propane. Even today, Big Y Foods, Incorporated, still is owned by the D’Amour family which inherited Big Y Foods from the founders.
Because of its adaptability and innovative ideals, Big Y Foods has been able to broaden its base to 58 conventional, two specialty, and two stand-alone drug stores. They employ over 9,200 people, have donated food worth over $4,500,000, and awarded scholarships totaling $250,000 to more than 300 students. Big Y Foods is also sponsors Thomas R. Flanagan Memorial Grants and the Connecticut Association of Schools Governor’s Scholars Program for schools. You can see that Big Y Foods Incorporated still lives by their motto: “Only the best for your family… from ours.”
Headquarters: Springfield, Massachusetts
Number of Stores: 58 conventional stores, 2 specialty stores and 2 stand-alone drug stores
Annual Revenue: $1.5 billion estimated
Number of Employees: 9,200
Geography: Massachusetts and Connecticut
Special Services: Little Y Kids Club®, Homework Helpline®, Scholarships, Save on Pet Care, Big Y Dental Plans
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